Friday, August 25, 2006

Ladies and gentlemen, can I please have your attention? I've just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story.

Pluto got the boot. No, not the dog, the other Pluto.

Pluto is no longer a planet!

Apparently, 8 is enough. Not all agree, for some argue that Pluto is a planet.

Allegedly, the definition of "planet" is and has been in question before and may be for some time.

Pluto was discovered in 1930, but limited information has called its status into question before. After debate, Pluto was defrocked Thursday and your solar system models will have to be modified.
From left to right: Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune

Now over to Champ Kind, for sports. Cardinals shut out Cubs tonight.

Back to you, Ron.

This just in, a new picture of the New & Improved Solar System, complete with associate members (known as dwarf planets).


At 25 August, 2006 16:57, Blogger Go-Panda said...

Actually Pluto and Charon and one other I cannot remember (europa maybe) have been set as planets or the dwarf variety or "plutons" Here is an NPR story on the IAU descision.

At 25 August, 2006 17:09, Blogger GUNNY said...

G.P., thanks for the link.

Are you trying to Alpha Nerd me?! ; )

I think this is why Pluto's having such a hard time of it (from your NPR slooge):
"Pluto is now thought to be smaller than Earth's moon."

Also, a nice summary statement at the end:
"August 24, 2006: The International Astronomical Union strips Pluto of its planetary status. The group says a planet must, among other things, have "cleared the neighborhood around its orbit." Because Pluto's orbit overlaps Neptune's, Pluto is out. The celestial body formerly known as the ninth planet will be reclassified as a "dwarf planet."" (Ephasis mine)

Dontcha love that nomenclature at the end? "The celestial body formerly known as the ninth planet ..."

Thanks again for the link, rkb.

At 25 August, 2006 22:12, Blogger Go-Panda said...

Here is a link to the "New" solar system family picture:

BTW and you don't need to post this just snag the pick is fine I promise I wont try and out nerd you if you will finish your doctorate :) At least until I get my 2nd masters and a licentiate under my belt first.

At 25 August, 2006 22:28, Blogger GUNNY said...

Oops! I went ahead and posted AND I'll post the picture. It's a goodie.

Cheers and no more talk about PhD slackers. I resemble that remark!

At 28 August, 2006 13:22, Blogger Rev. said...

First, the important news. The Cards swept the Cubs over the weekend.

Now, the other stuff. WHAT?!? Pluto no longer a planet?!?

The Astronomical Union has messed up my elementary school education completely!

At 28 August, 2006 13:25, Blogger Rev. said...

Gunny, you're so wise. You're like a miniature Buddha, covered with hair.

At 28 August, 2006 13:59, Blogger GUNNY said...

So you're not mad I ate the whole wheel of cheese?

At 28 August, 2006 16:52, Blogger Rev. said...

Not at all. We have a saying in my country - the coyote of the desert likes to eat the heart of the young and the blood drips down to his children for breakfast, lunch and dinner and only the ribs will be broken.

At 28 August, 2006 17:02, Blogger GUNNY said...

What's that? Baxter, you know I don't speak Spanish.

At 30 August, 2006 15:34, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Pluto is reclassified as a 'dwarf planet'."

Dude, please, the proper nomenclature is "Little Planet".

At 30 August, 2006 15:35, Blogger GUNNY said...


Pluto didn't build the railroad!


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