Thursday, August 24, 2006

Bye-Bye Pluto!

Meeting in PRAGUE, Czech Republic, 2,500 astronomers from 75 countries declared today that Pluto does not meet the new guidelines to consider it a planet.

Pluto and 2 other heavenly bodies will now be considered dwarf planets: the asteroid Ceres, which was demoted from planet status in the 1880's, and 2003 UB313, an icy object larger than Pluto itself, which is nicknamed "Xena".

Hmmmm...what will this do to the childhood mnemonic device to remember the order of planets...?


Darrell said...

OH! As a reformed and/or reforming smoker, this painting gives me major heebie jeebies.

Staying in Balance said...

I'm sure it was meant to! I fervently wish my dh would quit. He did quit for quite a while and started up again when his parents were dying.

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