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Thursday, August 24

Pluto loses it's planetary status

The IAU have today voted on a series of revised resolutions. The result of which is that Pluto is no longer classified as a planet.

There are several websites covering this story in detail, so I won't repeat them here. Check out;

BBC News
Cumbrian Sky
Bad Astronomy
Tom's Astronomy Blog

I'm still getting my head around this one. Parts of the definition make sense, and other still leave me a little confused! If I make any more sense of it I'll post something later today.

This is sure to be a big topic of debate at our next CAS meeting on Tuesday 29th August, don't forget.

2 comments:

  1. Love this picture of Jocelyn Bell -Burnell explaining how Pluto still comes under the umbrella called "planets"

    http://www.iau2006.org/mirror/www.iau.org/iau0603/screen/iau0603f.jpg

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  2. Looks like there are some sore losers!
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/5283956.stm

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