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    Pluto Has Been Demoted to NON-Planet Status



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    Astronomers Say Pluto Is Not a Planet

    PRAGUE, Czech Republic 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.

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    Can ya just imagine how many grade school kids are gonna get this wrong on some science test in the future? because mom and dad grew up in a life time where there were nine planets not eight? Filing this bit of info away for when my son and nephew are in grade school!

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    I think it's a ploy by the textbook companies!! LOL

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    Does that mean he can't work for Disney anymore????

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    I thought they recently announced they were ADDING 3 more making a total of 12? I'm so confused.

    ETA: I see where they say that was just a PROPOSAL. The media made it sound like adding the 3 planets was a done deal!


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    LOL, I'm sorry, but I had to laugh at Soledad O'Brien on CNN getting teary eyed over this. Anything for ratings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gidget641
    Can ya just imagine how many grade school kids are gonna get this wrong on some science test in the future? because mom and dad grew up in a life time where there were nine planets not eight? Filing this bit of info away for when my son and nephew are in grade school!
    Or because they can't say My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas. It sounds strange to leave the pizza part off when you put them in order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Knight
    I thought they recently announced they were ADDING 3 more making a total of 12? I'm so confused.
    I heard the same thing. And that they were still going to keep Pluto as a planet, but sort of like a "Planet, Jr."...something odd like that.
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    I wonder what impact this will have on astrology

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    Quote Originally Posted by H0NEYWEST
    I wonder what impact this will have on astrology
    My sister is an astrologist and she says Pluto is powerful!

    Poor Pluto...you will alwasy be a planet to me!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Annie
    Or because they can't say My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas. It sounds strange to leave the pizza part off when you put them in order.
    Now it will have to be something like My Very Eager Mother Just Saved Us Numbskulls???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Knight
    I thought they recently announced they were ADDING 3 more making a total of 12? I'm so confused.

    ETA: I see where they say that was just a PROPOSAL. The media made it sound like adding the 3 planets was a done deal!
    I hadn't heard that, but this morning after reading about Pluto no longer being a planet, I said to my kids "Well, guys, now there is only 8 planets instead of 9, because Pluto isn't a planet!" And they said to "Mom, where have you been? We had 12 planets, so you mean now we only have 11!" Huh?

    There I was thinking I was feeding my kids minds and giving them new information, but it turns out they schooled me, and told me so.

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    Has Mickey chimed in on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by julianne
    I hadn't heard that, but this morning after reading about Pluto no longer being a planet, I said to my kids "Well, guys, now there is only 8 planets instead of 9, because Pluto isn't a planet!" And they said to "Mom, where have you been? We had 12 planets, so you mean now we only have 11!" Huh?

    There I was thinking I was feeding my kids minds and giving them new information, but it turns out they schooled me, and told me so.
    Don't give up so easily. There were nine and now there are eight. They said the other day there may be some more out there but I don't think they have been officially named planets. I thought they were going to name more but now they have taken one away.

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    This make me very sad!! Along the same line...

    How many oceans are there?

    My high school daughter came in the house and we had this debate last night.
    The answer(s) surprised me!

    I'll give ya a sec to think on it...

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