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Thursday, August 17, 2006
Just how many planets are there?! -vwv

Astronomers have been arguing over whether Pluto and other roundish Kuiper Belt objects should be considered planets for a couple of years now. I've always thought they would eventually drop Pluto from the list of planets considering how small it is and how it looks just like another thing in the Kuiper Belt.

However, according to recent news, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) might decide to include Pluto and some other balls of rock in the list of planets after all.

Personally, I would prefer it if they come up with a more exclusive definition for a planet. If planets can be so small and so common, then they are not cool and awesome any more! When you point to the sky and say "That's Mars", the reply would be "Wow!". Do the same and say "That's 2008UB416, the 37th planet in the Solar System", you are likely to get "Yeah, whatever man".

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