Pluto – rogue planet?

September 1, 2006 at 8:21 pm 1 comment

300 astronomers cast their votes and decreed that Pluto was no longer a planet.  In a placating maneuver, they announced a new category, the “dwarf planet.”  Feeling that their job was done, these self-important twits they wandered off to various hotel restaurants and entertainment emporiums in Prague, content that they had determined the definition of the word “planet” for all eternity.

Not so fast, bubs.

Scientists question Pluto’s demotion 

“Hundreds of U.S. scientists have challenged a recent decision by an international astronomy group to strip Pluto of its planetary status with a petition rejecting its definition of what constitutes a planet…

“The IAU can say the sky is green all day long and that doesn’t make it so,” said Stern, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

“The IAU created a definition which is technically flawed, linguistically flawed and scientifically embarrassing,” Stern said in a phone interview.

So there is hope for Pluto yet, as the congenial scientific debate continues.

  Still a planet?

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Dex  |  September 1, 2006 at 8:31 pm

    It’s too bad the term “plutocrat” is already taken.

    Reply

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