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When #9 becomes 134340

09/14/2006 4:29 PM

More on the demotion of Pluto from planetary status. What was once the 9th planet of the Solar System is now being referred to as asteroid number 134340 by the Minor Planet Center.

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09/14/2006 4:40 PM

One has to wonder what Disney's take on this is.

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09/14/2006 5:16 PM

I'm sorry, I don't recognize the International Astronomical Union as an authoritative organization on the subject of planet qualification. Also, as a consequence of the International Astronomical Union no longer being an authoritative organization, I'm renaming them the "a bunch of random scientists".

So I'm sorry to hear that a bunch of random scientists no longer realizes there are 9 planets.

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09/14/2006 8:58 PM

Are there other organizations recognized as responsible for classifying planets? I'm still a bit confused by the uproar over the "demotion" of Pluto. It doesn't change any facts about the planet. It's still out there, still orbiting the sun. What would prompt this organization to change it's criteria regarding what does and does not qualify as a planet?

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09/14/2006 9:51 PM

Maybe they don't want to host a "it's a new planet!" party every time someone names one of the bigger hunks of rock floating around out there. They're nipping that one in the bud!

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