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Aug. 26th, 2006

In case you've been living under a rock over the past week or so, Pluto isn't a planet. This has all sort of non-scientific effects, such as a new mnemonic for second-graders to learn the planets by (My Very Excellent Mother Just Stopped Unicorn Neglect?), gifts that still show nine planets, textbook revisions that contain Pluto as a planet, revising the Pluto exhibits in museums, and Pluto-related collections. (That'll be worth some money.)

I had this to say in Poo's (locked) entry about Pluto's status as a dwarf planet:

I think the reason there's all this wank is because it's changing our world. This "zomg change!" happens every single time a major scientific (or even mathematical) discovery happens. Years from now when people study the 2006 redefinition of planet, they're going to look at all this wank from a historical point of view. Right now, though, we're just looking at it from the present.

Someone should really create dwarf_planets though. *goes to see if other planets have accounts*

In case you're wondering, they do. mercury, venus, earth, mars, jupiter, saturn, uranus, and neptune are all real accounts. Heh.


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Aug. 26th, 2006 11:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, a lot of my students were talking about Pluto on Friday morning. Is it a meteor, or just an ice rock? I love teaching my fellow nerds:) Have fun at Agnes, and I'll let you know next time we go to the Monkey.
Aug. 26th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
Eh its just the usual mainstream newsflash of old science news. People are all going OMGWTF when most astronomers have known that Pluto was most likely not a planet for decades now.
Aug. 27th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
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