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Thursday, August 24th 2006

Pluto Not A Planet

Plutophants everywhere cry.

Leading astronomers declared Thursday that Pluto is no longer a planet under historic new guidelines that downsize the solar system from nine planets to eight.

After a tumultuous week of clashing over the essence of the cosmos, the International Astronomical Union stripped Pluto of the planetary status it has held since its discovery in 1930. The new definition of what is — and isn’t — a planet fills a centuries-old black hole for scientists who have labored since Copernicus without one.

It was stupid to even attempt to define a planet since we know so little of what we might find around stars in other parts of the universe. This definition is based on such a tiny sampling of the material orbiting stars that it is just not satisfactory.

Plus I’m pissed that Pluto is gone.

In anycase, that New Horizons mission is looking less and less impressive. (And no that isn’t real footage obviously…it is a CG stock clip).

Below the NASA mission coordinator for New Horizons discusses the “importance” of Pluto,

NASA New Horizons/Pluto Podcast