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Pluto is no longer a planet

Posted by Siberman (24th Aug 2006, 14:45) - http://news.bbc.co.uk

and then there were 8....


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 dormouse ( 25th Aug 2006, 13:34, Rank: Jedi )  reply

(www.theregister.co.uk) - the new 'definition' of a planet. And an earlier article on the initial objections to the 'pluton' plan, and how they modified it.

This is pretty similar to the other one, apart from the 3rd part: "has cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit", which presumably was put in to deliberately exclude pluto-like objects. Although, as (news.bbc.co.uk) points out, this just leads to arguments.

Pluto & co are still "dwarf planets" under these rules though.

Other stuff like asteroids and comets are "Small Solar-System Bodies".

(newsimg.bbc.co.uk) - The new solar system


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