The new definition offered today would set up a three-tiered classification scheme with eight “planets”; a group of “dwarf-planets” that would include Pluto, Ceres, Xena and many other icy balls in the outer solar system; and thousands of “smaller solar system bodies,” like comets and asteroids.
Not only do they take away Pluto, but they also managed to take away all juvenile enjoyment from reading the words "icy balls".
If this goes through, it will COMPLETELY ruin the method I learned to remember the planets in our solar system.
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#2 Posted on 23.8.06 1009.20 Reposted on: 23.8.13 1009.33
I like it. People get all up in arms about Pluto not being a planet anymore, but honestly, it shouldn't be. When the first (and largest) asteroids were discovered, they were though to be planets as well. They changed their mind. This is no different. Knowing what we know now about 2003 UB313, that means Pluto probably shouldn't be a planet either. Especially since they were going to end up calling it and Charon a "double planet", since they basically orbit each other.
#9 Posted on 24.8.06 1439.53 Reposted on: 24.8.13 1441.55
Originally posted by The Guinness.I've seen this in the news, major news websites and, of course, The-W. IS THIS REALLY AN ISSUE? Really? really, really? Don't you dare make me bring up plutonium!
People can't help but root for Pluto. For years it was the smallest and mildest of the planest, but it was still a planet, dammit! Now it's getting turfed for not fitting in. There's a natural underdog story there.
#10 Posted on 25.8.06 0717.09 Reposted on: 25.8.13 0719.18
Originally posted by Big BadPeople can't help but root for Pluto. For years it was the smallest and mildest of the planest, but it was still a planet, dammit! Now it's getting turfed for not fitting in. There's a natural underdog story there.
What got Pluto on some people's bad sides is its weird orbit. Poor little Pluto didn't know its place.
Don't know if it's a coincedence, but the new smallest planet Mercury is today's Wikipedia Featured Article. Don't like that planet; it's always kissing up to the Sun.