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Pluto is not a planet.

Bugger all this, says here.

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About time.

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If it had gone the other way you would have to learn all the new planetlets. Although they will probably revise the definition in a few years.
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Actually Pluto has been retitled a "dwarf planet". So not a full-sized planet, but a planet nonetheless.

Anyway, I'm reliably informed that the PC term is "diameter-challenged satellite objects".

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I can accept it. After all, we get dwarf planets now. It's only a matter of time before we start cultivating bonsai planets for those with the taste for such things.

—Alorael, who wouldn't mind a bonsai planet. Maybe it could even orbit him. Then he'd only be a sandestin short of forlorn encystment!
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Now we'll need a new mnemonic.

My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine... uh... :confused:
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New mnemonics in this topic.

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Pluto will always be a planet in my heart... mainly because we as people have difficulty unlearning something we were taught constantly since our birth. Like racism.

Plute is the new slavery.

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I think Western society should be more like Ingsoc in it's approach to the past. Instead of changing our minds about Pluto, lets erase all records of it ever being a planet...

Seriously, (who's joking) it's not going to be too difficult to live with. And it shows that we are indeed in silly season with regards to the news.

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I find the concept of revising and refining a definition to be more appealing. It eliminates alot of ambiguity.

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Good riddance, I say. It's not like it ever did anything for me.

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Just as long as they don't decide that the moon is too large relative to the size of Earth and needs to be reclassified...

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The new mnenomic I saw was

My very educated mother just served us nothing

Still some day you can tell your children how easy they have it because when you were in school you had to learn the names of 9 planets. For a few years you even had to know that Pluto was closer to the Earth than Neptune.

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Pluto will still be considered a classic planet, so there is no real loss there. This is only a nit-picky little distinction that the IAU is making, and though it is a dwarf, as in diminutive, planet, it is only a "dwarf planet" in name and title for us normal folk.

Also, one should feel lucky that he lived in a time where Pluto was closer to the Earth than Neptune. Your children will have to wait 200+ years for that to happen again.

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Originally written by Dikiyoba:

Just as long as they don't decide that the moon is too large relative to the size of Earth and needs to be reclassified...

Dikiyoba.

"Having cleared its neighborhood" sounds like an odd criterion. Imagine they decide that Earth doesn't fit the definition either - that will take some serious rewriting of the science books. :P

(But then, so did adapting to the revelation that we were not in fact living on the back of a gigantic turtle.)

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Originally written by Drow:

(But then, so did adapting to the revelation that we were not in fact living on the back of a gigantic turtle.)
When was this decided?

And I'm sure a lot of science books just won't be changed. When I was doing my GCSE's, we were using textbooks that were printed before man landed on the moon...

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And the first GCSE exams were set in 1988 :rolleyes:

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Originally by Nikki:

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And I'm sure a lot of science books just won't be changed.
Oh, Dikiyoba is sure that the science books will be changed. It's just that no one will be able to afford those new textbooks.
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That was the problem, Diki - money. I was at an inner city school in quite a poor area of England.

And I can't think of an example now, seing how it was over two years ago, but some of the things in the books were awful. In Maths, I do know though, we were using books for 'O levels'. I still have a copy of the good ol' "R2" textbook. It was printed in 1971.

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(Pluto's inhabitants have started have gone to a massive strike XD)

And what happened to that other planet discovered recently being beyond Pluto?
And how is related the Planet Pluto to the dog Pluto?
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And what happened to that other planet discovered recently being beyond Pluto?
And how is related the Planet Pluto to the dog Pluto?

The other planets beyond Pluto fall into the same dwarf planet class for now as Pluto. This will last until they discover something beyond the Oort cloud that fits the definition of a planet.

The dog Pluto was named after the planet Pluto. The planet Pluto was named after the Roman god of the Underworld.

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Originally written by Randomizer:

The planet Pluto was named after the Greek god of the Underworld.
I bet he's mighty pissed right now.
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quote:
Originally written by Kingy:

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Originally written by Randomizer:

The planet Pluto was named after the Greek god of the Underworld.
I bet he's mighty pissed right now.

They always predict things about the dead rising up whenever the planets align, but when one disappears? Ho, man. I fully expect 'dead man walking' to be a common literal statement any time now.

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My local paper had astrologers already calculating star charts based on the influences of the dwarf planets. Some of them are mad about the demotion of Pluto.
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It's rather sad to see it go. Well, it's not really gone, it's still floating around out there. But this is really going to be tough on the schools. Now every single textbook on space is outdated! :P

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