Thursday, August 24, 2006

So Long Pluto - by Brad

If you frequent any news website, you probably heard this morning that Pluto is no longer classified as a planet. Over the last week, there has been much talk about a definition that would call all kinds of objects "planets". Under the previously proposed definition, not only would Pluto have remained a planet, but Pluto's moon would have been a planet, an asteroid would have been a planet, and numerous miscellaneous chunks of ice could have been classified as planets as well.

I really didn't like that definition because to me, none of those other items seemed to be planets. From the articles I read, the only reason they were trying to keep Pluto as a planet was to keep people happy. From the online polls that I saw, almost 80% thought that Pluto should remain a planet. I guess I like being in the minority. Needless to say, I was a little nervous that I would have to accept other planets.

So I am glad that they opted for a revised definition that kicks Pluto out as one of those numerous miscellaneous chunks of ice. And yes, I admit to being a little nerdy - because this morning when I saw the headline, I let out a little "whoo-hoo!"

For those who had a sentimental connection with Pluto, I am sorry.

Goodbye Pluto. Sorry you couldn't cut it with the big boys (and girls). Enjoy your orbiting as a "dwarf planet".


Linz said...

I think it was more than a "little whoo-hoo"...besides, any whoo-hoo from you is a big thing!

Peaby said...

I really have no emotional attachment to Pluto. It's kinda a bummer though that they have to redo all the textbooks.

It does feel a little strange to say we're in a solar system of only 8 planets now.

However...I'm one of those guys that likes to play by the rules. So if it's not a planet...let's not call it one.

word up g!

Brad said...

Yes, it does feel a little odd when you say, "Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune."

It sounds like a song that doesn't resolve... just waiting for the last chord to