And then there were 8…

August 24, 2006 at 8:15 am | | news, science and the public

Well, the IAU has now decided that Pluto is a planet no more. Resolution 5A passed, which officially demoted the now “Plutonian object.” I have to say I’m very pleased with the outcome. As a scientist, nothing gives me greater pleasure than making children cry. I wonder if it’s too late to get a refund on the New Horizons program…

If I may, a tribute to the far-off, icy land:


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  1. A correction: Resolution 5B and 6B did NOT pass, so the name for Pluto and other similar KBOs has not been determined.

    Comment by kendall — August 24, 2006 #

  2. I like that 70’s style mirror ball version of Pluto.

    Comment by william — August 24, 2006 #

  3. I’ve always known i was different then all the other kids in grad school – I was a plutonian! Now they’ve even taken that away from me … you BASTARDS!

    Comment by ilya — August 24, 2006 #

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