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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Our Solar System Is Shrinking

So it has just been officially released by the IAU and decided by the planetary definition committee that Pluto is no longer to be considered a planet. (iau2006.org) It will now for all collective purposes be referred to as a dwarf planet. The main distinguishing factor between a planet and a dwarf planet is that a dwarf planet has not yet cleared the space in orbit around themselves. Both Dwarf and regular planets have to be in orbit around the Sun and have "sufficient mass for its self gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape". So now we are left with what will henceforth be known as the eight classical planets. Whats my opinion on the matter? You now have to buy one less styrofoam ball for Sciene Fair projects.

3 Comments:

Blogger King of Peace said...

I think you covered the most important point about Pluto, its that smallest styrofoam ball on a model of the solar system. I am surprised that the styrofoam ball companies didn't get wind of this and lobby the group to protect Pluto's planetary position. The only thing left to do is sell off stock in companies which make foam balls and move on.

And this comment from a guy who in my nediest of days said he was from Pluto and made up my own Plutonian language. We are talking major dweeb status circa 7th grade for the undersigned writer.

-Frank

8:39 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I feel really sad for Pluto, especially since he's my very favorite Disney character. I hope his demotion will have no effect on his employment at Disneyland/World.
And as a former teacher, I can't help thinking of all the textbooks that are now in error!

5:14 PM  
Blogger CSL said...

I maintain that the textbooks are NOT in error and scientists will someday recant.

As for styrofoam, model magic is a superior substance anyway, so 8 planets or 37, it makes no difference.

6:29 PM  

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