Surely the Plutonians will lodge an appeal?Mr.The.Spoon said:Well, the little odd moon sized planet has lost its status.
I guess they'll get to sell a lot of new astronomy books to schools now.
No, I don'trhino2k said:im glad too see the scientists, astronomers and govornment funding are being put to such important use. i mean this is important stuff, unlike working out how to stop our planet from melting in the next 100 years
it's almost as good as the extra tax they want to charge for 4x4's ect that use more fuel, using more fuel means you are already paying for the privilidge....
well that was the excuse for mega high taxes last time
sorry for the small rant, but i hope you can see where im coming from
Well with less tax payers officially in the solar system, Gordon could well decide that it is a good reason to up those taxes a bit more.LFC_SL said:I hardly think every one of those 2500 scientists were British. And renaming Pluto's status hardly equates to a tax rise
Aye.....raises a glass to the little frozen ball.LFC_SL said:P.P.S. I'm personally sad I'll never call Pluto a semi-planet
The problem is that a lot of other "bodys" may do that its been a long running argument for years now. This was actually going in the other direction last time I heard about this, think its better to lose pluto then to end up with 100 more planets in out solor system... with the previous rules the moon would have eventually become a planet also.drskhaled said:Bit sad really. It still orbits the sun which should be enough but it crosses neptunes path apparently so it doesnt have the mass for its own orbit i think.
No - it's the new 'planet' that prompted all this. The new planet was bigger than Pluto, but I don't think they wanted it to be called a planet, but you can't justify that unless you demote Pluto. Pluto is actually smaller than the moon.shodan said:Didn't I read in the papers ages and ages ago about a 10th planet being found as a planet in our solar system? So this would mean that we are back to 9 planets again.
That or......Kieron said:To aliens, I bet the Earth is named "Scumhole 7556Y". We've never been visited because we are too busy ****ting ourselves!
Lister said:Why does it have to be such a big deal? Why can't it be like, like, human beings are a planetary disease? Like the Earth's got German measles or facial herpes, right? And that's why all of the other planets give us such a wide berth. It's like, "Oh, don't go near Earth! It's got human beings on it, they're contagious!"
....Owen Gingerich chaired the IAU's planet definition committee and helped draft an initial proposal raising the number of planets from nine to 12.