Monday, August 14, 2006

Goodbye Pluto

Fresh off the AP wire, Pluto is about to get demoted. Just to remind you since everyone seemed interested when I taked about "Xena" becoming the 10th planet. I would say it seems likely that they will have to exclude all these little guys including good ole Pluto.

I guess we will all just have to adjust to having 8 planets again.

And no "What I Like About the Universe." T-1 day.


pezda said...
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pezda said...

In a suprising turn of events, Pluto, it would seem, is safe. Not only are we not losing a planet, but we are possibly gaining three more, Charon, 2003 UB 313 (aka Xena), and the asteroid-like Ceres. Plus any others that meet the new "universal" definition.

Evil Genius said...

I guess I can still comment. Afterall, this is not a post.

Yeah, I am surprised too. I am not sure the new definition passes muster as far as pure science is concerned. But we shall see.

I am in favor of the system by which the sub-classify planets. This proposal Would give us eight planets and eight or so plantoids. The four terrestrial, the four gas giants, four major asteroids, and probably all the Kuiper Belt, Scattered Disc and Oort Cloud objects pictured above (except blobby in the corner.)

The only problem is some of the bigger sattelites screw things up. The two problem children are our Moon and Charon. Though I would think that Titan, Eruopa, Io etc. are at least as big as Ceres. So yeah, they need to work out some more kinks in the definition.

No matter, I am excited to be living in a new Solar System! The only way I will be dissapointed is if the come back and say "status quo." 8, 12, 24, 53, whatever. Just not nine!

Evil Genius said...

I was wrong. Bloopy (aka blobby) is also under consideration.