mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)

What is a Planet?

The major news sources are reporting that the Planet Definiton Committee, meeting at the XXVIth General Assembly of the IAU, is recommending a draft defintion of a planet that will include Pluto. (The New York Times article can be found here.)

How do I feel about this? Well, it'll keep Pluto listed as a planet, which I support, but it may very well open up the question of whether Charon, Ceres, and a whole lot of other bodies in our solar system are planets.

So...if you want to know more about my feelings on this matter, watch this space. I'm hoping to have an announcment to make later today. (And that's all I'll say for the moment.)
Tags: astronomy, pluto, science, space
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