One Of Our Planets Is Missing

 

It had to happen one day, that little ball of  ice and rock that just can’t keep it’s orbit to itself has been demoted to a (sniff) planetesimal. Ok, the official classification is ‘dwarf planet‘ but you know it’s still the same as being sent to eat at the kids table during the holidays. It’s a good thing that the New Horizons mission got underway before the new ruling came into being.

Officially, Pluto is no longer a planet. "Pluto is dead," said Mike Brown, a planetary scientist at the California Institute of Technology who spoke with reporters via a teleconference while monitoring the vote. The decision also means a Pluto-sized object that Brown discovered will not be called a planet.

So, is anyone holding a wake for Pluto? If not then why not? 

Pluto not a planet

Posted: August 27th, 2006
at 9:38am by John


Categories: News,Space

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