Thursday, August 24, 2006

Pluto's Planetary Status Pink Slipped

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.

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. Full Article

Dwarf Planet? I wonder if they'll rename it Dopey, Grumpy, Bashful, or Doc?