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Old August 24th, 2006, 11:27 AM
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Pluto get booted from Planet Club!!!




Pluto get booted from Planet Club!!!


PRAGUE, 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.
"It could be argued that we are creating an umbrella called 'planet' under which the dwarf planets exist," she said, drawing laughter by waving a stuffed Pluto of Walt Disney fame beneath a real umbrella.
The decision by the prestigious international group spells out the basic tests that celestial objects will have to meet before they can be considered for admission to the elite cosmic club.
For now, membership will be restricted to the eight "classical" planets in the solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
Much-maligned Pluto doesn't make the grade under the new rules for a planet: "a celestial body that is in orbit around the sun, has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a ... nearly round shape, and has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit."
Pluto is automatically disqualified because its oblong orbit overlaps with Neptune's.
Instead, it will be reclassified in a new category of "dwarf planets," similar to what long have been termed "minor planets." The definition also lays out a third class of lesser objects that orbit the sun -- "small solar system bodies," a term that will apply to numerous asteroids, comets and other natural satellites.
It was unclear how Pluto's demotion might affect the mission of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, which earlier this year began a 91/2-year journey to the oddball object to unearth more of its secrets.
The decision at a conference of 2,500 astronomers from 75 countries was a dramatic shift from just a week ago, when the group's leaders floated a proposal that would have reaffirmed Pluto's planetary status and made planets of its largest moon and two other objects. (Watch why some think planet size doesn't matter -- 3:39)
That plan proved highly unpopular, splitting astronomers into factions and triggering days of sometimes combative debate that led to Pluto's undoing.
Now, two of the objects that at one point were cruising toward possible full-fledged planethood will join Pluto as dwarfs: the asteroid Ceres, which was a planet in the 1800s before it got demoted, and 2003 UB313, an icy object slightly larger than Pluto whose discoverer, Michael Brown of the California Institute of Technology, has nicknamed "Xena."
Charon, the largest of Pluto's three moons, is no longer under consideration for any special designation.
Brown was pleased by the decision. He had argued that Pluto and similar bodies didn't deserve planet status, saying that would "take the magic out of the solar system."
"UB313 is the largest dwarf planet. That's kind of cool," he said.



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THis is Stupid ...
This decision is taken based on careful examination of facts...
Anyways,this decision is only for academic interest...how does it matter what is called what...
Pluto will keep revolving around Sun,doesn't matter whether it is called Planet or Satellite or crap!!
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Re: Pluto get booted from Planet Club!!!

Ab tow Indian Astronomers ki nikal padi.

Sab ki janam kundliyaa fir se banani padegi.

So ppl start calling Pundit Maharaj and Chamunda Swamy etc..etc...
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Re: Pluto get booted from Planet Club!!!

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This decision is taken based on careful examination of facts...
Anyways,this decision is only for academic interest...how does it matter what is called what...
Pluto will keep revolving around Sun,doesn't matter whether it is called Planet or Satellite or crap!!
It matters in a way. Next time watch out when you say 9 planets or navagraha kootami etc..

Notwithstanding how many school books must have become outdated in one stroke!!
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This decision is taken based on careful examination of facts...
Anyways,this decision is only for academic interest...how does it matter what is called what...
Pluto will keep revolving around Sun,doesn't matter whether it is called Planet or Satellite or crap!!
Come on man itne saalon se Pluto was a planet . Woh time pe aise kya facts the jo ab change ho gaye hai . Suddenly some Physicists body came together and decided on a broader definition of planet, they cud have made sure Pluto wudnt have been touched, right? .. Facts such as these are man-made anyway..
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Sab ki janam kundliyaa fir se banani padegi.

So ppl start calling Pundit Maharaj and Chamunda Swamy etc..etc.
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Re: Pluto get booted from Planet Club!!!

" the new rules for a planet: "a celestial body that is in orbit around the sun, has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a ... nearly round shape, and has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit."


Somehow this seems to apply more to define a "Female" rather than a Planet
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" the new rules for a planet: "a celestial body that is in orbit around the sun, has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a ... nearly round shape, and has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit."


Somehow this seems to apply more to define a "Female" rather than a Planet
The clause "has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit" has proved critically fatal for Pluto's planetary status.
I guess that has been done to avoid some object which is present in asteroid belt to be given a planet status.Scientists might have figured ,they will have to grant many objects planetary status if Pluto is retained as a planet.
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Ab tow Indian Astronomers ki nikal padi.

Sab ki janam kundliyaa fir se banani padegi.

So ppl start calling Pundit Maharaj and Chamunda Swamy etc..etc...
amthabhai no need to do this as Pluto was never considered planet in Hindu astrology.

http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=72933
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Moved it to SoapBox.. no link except "Source CNN" ... Please post links to articles in Breaking News.
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Pluto is so depressed, he is considering bolting Solar system
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Re: Pluto get booted from Planet Club!!!

Here's an alternate take on the subjet by Scott Adams.

Scott Adams’ blog at http://dilbertblog.typepad.com

Here’s a bit from a recent post that he wrote on the news that the planet Pluto is being downgraded - its not a planet anymore...

Unlike Pluto, I believe there is life on the one true funny planet. Ibelieve there are primates and I believe they have evolved the power of flight. But you probably won’t believe that until winged monkeys flyout of Uranus."- Scott Adams

(U got it, I hope? Ur-Anus? Hyuk)
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