16 August 2006

By Any Other Name

Very interesting article from the New York Times about the new definition of a "planet."

If this is adopted next week by the general assembly of the International Astronomical Union we will have 12 planets instead of the usual 9. How weird is this? Now we will have Ceres592 between Mars and Jupiter, Charon and UB313 outside of the orbit of Pluto.

I dunno. I guess I am more of a purist. To me, a planet should be more than just round and orbiting something.

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