Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Everything You Know Is Wrong

OK, maybe not EVERYTHING, but at least one of the staples of elementary school.


The tally of planets in our solar system would jump instantly to a dozen under a highly controversial new definition proposed by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

The proposal, which sources tell is gaining broad support, tries to plug a big gap in astronomy textbooks, which have never had a definition for the word "planet." It addresses discoveries of Pluto-sized worlds that have in recent years pitched astronomers into heated debates over terminology.
The asteroid Ceres, which is round, would be recast as a dwarf planet in the new scheme.
Pluto would remain a planet and its moon Charon would be reclassified as a planet. Both would be called "plutons," however, to distinguish them from the eight "classical" planets.
A far-out Pluto-sized object known as 2003 UB313 would also be called a pluton.

So, we've now got at least 12 planets. Maybe as many as 53. Pretty cool. I do have to point out at least one stupidity: They're making Ceres the sole member of a planet sub-class called "dwarf planets". Hookaaay, why not just call it an asteroid?! I remain confused. Whatev. Go science guys, it's your birthday!

1 comment:

Joshua "Doc" Wible said...

Science makes my brain hurt. My cats breath smells like cat food. I smell burning. Owwwww, I bent my wookie.