uch. When your world changes … literally.
Poor Pluto. “Controversy has dogged Pluto since its discovery in 1930.” CNN just reported the fate of Pluto. “The International Astronomical Union has stripped Pluto of the planetary status it has held since its discovery in 1930.” The union represents approximately 2,500 astronomers. Meeting in Prague, Czechoslavakia today, they have come down on the side of – size matters.
CNN does offer a video on “why some think planet size doesn’t matter,” but as of today Pluto is now just one more large object in the Kuiper Belt. Still, don’t lose all hope. There is another initiative underway that may give us “12 planets instead of nine under a proposed ‘Big Bang’ expansion by leading astronomers.”
So, what is the definition of a planet:
“A planet is a celestial body that (a) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and (b) is in orbit around a star, and is neither a star nor a satellite of a planet.” (Source)
Yeah, I don’t know what that means either.
Beyond the devastation this brings to Pluto, the announcement today makes the search for Planet X seem so much more futile.
So, what do you think will receive more time on cable news today? Pluto or JonBenet? I think we all know the answer to that question. Our world of cable news is run by small minded people. So, JonBenet will be the lead.