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Pluto has been demoted to dwarf planet status

DailyTech reported last week that Pluto was coming close to being dismissed as an official planet of our solar system. Pluto, which was first discovered in 1930, has been the subject of debate for astronomers for over 70 years. The International Astronomical Union's 2,500 astronomers (representing 75 countries) gathered to decide the fate of Pluto and the results are in.

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) voted to demote Pluto from the ranks of the solar system's now 8 planets.  The decision comes as Pluto no longer fits the newly ratified definition of a planet decided upon by the IAU this week. The new definition states that a planet is “a celestial body that is in orbit around the sun, has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a ...nearly round shape, and has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit.”

Pluto does not clear the neighborhood around its orbit because its orbit overlaps with its much larger neighbor Neptune. This therefore disqualifies it from planet status according to the IAU. Instead, Pluto will be classified as a dwarf planet and join the ranks of other dwarf planets such as Ceres, which lies between Mars and Jupiter and 2003 UB313 or ‘Xena’ as discoverer Michael Brown of the California Institute of Technology has nicknamed it. ‘Xena’ is an icy object that lies after Pluto and is slightly larger than the now dwarf planet.

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not very pc
By marvdmartian on 8/24/2006 3:02:07 PM , Rating: 4
I mean, honestly. Dwarf planet? Shouldn't Mercury fall into that category as well? And why dwarf? Why not "planet of diminished stature", or something like that?

Fvck the fvckers.......I learned 9, that's what there is. You can't take away something like that, these bozos are just trying to make a name for themselves. I say we string 'em up and beat on 'em, like pinatas, until they cave in and declare Pluto a planet again!

First, we'll get some bumperstickers made........

RE: not very pc
By XINERGY on 8/24/2006 4:57:47 PM , Rating: 2
planet of diminished stature
- Made me laugh. Thanks, Marv. =D

Meanwhile... To my fellow Scorpio a few comments up:

Scorpios have been co-ruled by both Pluto and Mars for a while. Now, however, the sole power reverts back to the red planet, the god of war (eh, Marv?). Though we may not be ruled by the god of the underworld anymore, the god that remains still wreaks havoc.


"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen
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