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    It's Official

    Astronomers say Pluto is not a planet

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060824/...lanet_mutiny_7
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    Why now?!

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    So what exactly is Pluto?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan_nc
    So what exactly is Pluto?
    All the discussion seems to boil down to "something less than a planet".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foolish Old
    Astronomers say Pluto is not a planet

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060824/...lanet_mutiny_7
    I'm shattered!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juke_spin
    I'm shattered!
    You? I just purchased several lots there!
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    Pluto is considered a "dwarf planet".

    See link:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14489259/

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    Poor ol' Pluto:-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by roshni
    Pluto is considered a "dwarf planet".

    See link:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14489259/
    At least for now. From your posted article:

    It won't stand," he said. "It's a farce."
    Stern said astronomers are already circulating a petition that would try to overturn the IAU decision.





    Owen Gingerich, historian and astronomer emeritus at Harvard who led the committee that proposed the initial definition, called the new definition "confusing and unfortunate" and said he was "not at all pleased" with the language about clearing the neighborhood.

    Gingerich also did not like the term "dwarf" planet.

    "I thought that it made a curious linguistic contradiction," Gingerich said during a telephone interview from Boston (where he could not vote). "A dwarf planet is not a planet. I thought that was very awkward."
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