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    Pluto gets the boot



    Pluto no longer a planet, say astronomers




    Thursday, August 24, 2006; Posted: 10:27 a.m. EDT (14:27 GMT)





    GUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- Leading astronomers declared Thursday that Pluto is no longer a planet under historic new guidelines that downsize the solar system from nine planets to eight.

    After a tumultuous week of clashing over the essence of the cosmos, the International Astronomical Union stripped Pluto of the planetary status it has held since its discovery in 1930. The new definition of what is -- and isn't -- a planet fills a centuries-old black hole for scientists who have labored since Copernicus without one.

    Although astronomers applauded after the vote, Jocelyn Bell Burnell -- a specialist in neutron stars from Northern Ireland who oversaw the proceedings -- urged those who might be "quite disappointed" to look on the bright side.

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    NO! PLUUUTTTOOO!

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    Who cares...
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    R.I.P. Pluto
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    I grew up with Pluto.

    How in the world you can throw away PLUTO but keep Uranus...I'll never know.

    Better solution would be to rename Uranus Pluto and ditch Uranus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]How in the world you can throw away PLUTO but keep Uranus...I'll never know.
    You mean to tell me that you grew up without Uranus? -I won't ask for details. (sorry, thought we could use one more pun)

    Pluto was always sort of out there. I think I'd probably rather drop pluto than make every celestial body out there a planet. I have yet to look, but hopefully the article includes the definition which they concluded upon. Tell us oh great article- what is a planet?!
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    Quote[/b] (Dyflam @ Aug. 24 2006,12:39)]Who cares...
    LOL! Xactly what I was musing....its a rock cruisin round the sun...and thats that.
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    SO, does this mean that Pluto won't be at Disneyworld anymore?

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