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Wednesday, August 16, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the BBC: Planets plan boosts tally to 12

“For the first time in more than 75 years, we will be able to discover new planets in our Solar System. This is a fascinating prospect,” said Richard Binzel, a member of the IAU planet definition committee which put together the proposal.

Dr Andrew Coates of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory in Dorking said he thought the plan was “a good compromise”.

He explained: “It keeps the idea of eight classical planets, while Pluto is allowed to retain its status. But other objects are allowed in, which I suppose makes life more interesting.”

Experts have been divided over whether Pluto - further away and considerably smaller than the eight other planets in our Solar System - deserves the title.

Now, is it really “discovering” new planets or simply redefining existing objects to be planets?

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2 Comments

  1. Pluto Demoted to Dwarf Status, Ceres Promoted to Pluton, My Left Pinky Named Matilda

    I read this morning that in a meeting of the International Astronomical Union, Pluto has been demoted to the new status of “pluton,” or dwarf planet, while the objects Ceres, Xena, and Charon have been promoted to dwarf planet status for th…

    Trackback by Irregular Times: News Unfit for Print — Wednesday, August 16, 2006 @ 7:44 am

  2. It definitely seems to be a semantic issue as far as I can tell.

    Comment by Jan — Wednesday, August 16, 2006 @ 8:01 am

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