Thursday, August 24, 2006

Good Bye, Pluto

No, not Disney's "Pluto."

The IAU (The International Astronomical Union) met in Prague to finalize the decision of the status of newly discovered celestial bodies.
Three years ago, NASA and their respective scientists found a new small planet, dubbed
2003 UB313 and a few other masses and moons to boot.
The meeting of over 2,500 scientific minds concluded that Pluto's place in the solar system as a major planet is over, mainly because its orbit overlaps Neptune's orbit. New guidelines have been put in place.

In order for a celestial body to be considered a planet:

It must be in orbit around the Sun.
It must be large enough that it takes on a nearly round shape.
It has cleared its orbit of other planets.
What happened here is that because these new masses were discovered 3 years back, Pluto's spot got blown up. Now the tiny icy planet behind Neptune is knocked out of the crew, henceforth changing the old school mnemonic device to remember the planets. Here at flyingthesky, I will take the liberty to offer up a new one:

My Very Evil Mother Just Served Us Napalm