Goodbye Pluto

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Science

It’s no longer a “planet.”

Find out why.


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11 Responses to “Goodbye Pluto”

  1. Michael Reynolds Says:

    Great. There goes the resale value of that Plutonian time share I bought on e-bay.

  2. DosPeros Says:

    I was going to try to say something witty, but I can think of anything to top Reynolds. That is funny.

  3. Eural Says:

    I’m confused – earlier this week (?) didn’t some international astronomy group meeting in Austria declare that there were now 12 planets according to their new definition? Now there’s only 8? Can someone clarify please?

  4. Sean Aqui Says:

    12 planets was a proposal by the IAU leadership; they expected it to pass. Instead that proposal was defeated and this one adopted.

    As a friend of mine pointed out, this could really mess up astrology.

    And with one fewer planet, planetary alignments are easier to achieve — meaning more Doomsdays.

  5. Glen Wishard Says:

    Of course Pluto is not a planet. That’s why Gustav Holst refused to write a movement for it in The Planets suite.

  6. Glen Wishard Says:

    Geez, some alert person has already updated the wikipedia article for The Planets:

    In August 2006 Pluto was stripped of its status as a planet, demoting it to a dwarf planet, and Holst’s original decision was vindicated.

  7. Michael Reynolds Says:

    Glen:

    That was unseemly haste. The body was barely cold. Barely really, really cold.

  8. Walrus Says:

    Glen, Holst wrote The Planets in 1918. Pluto was discovered in 1930. That alert person made a mistake. Holst didn’t refuse Pluto, he just didn’t know about it.

  9. Walrus Says:

    OK, I’ve read the article now. I didn’t realize that he had been asked to add to the work with the discovery of Pluto. Learn something new every day.

  10. Randy Tayler Says:

    Textbook publishers are gonna cry all the way to the bank.

  11. Patrick O Says:

    Forget that. Pluto will always be a planet to me. They should have grandfathered Pluto in as a planet.

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