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Sorry, No more ‘Pizza’ August 24, 2006

Posted by PagMax in space.
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My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas..if this phrase reminds you of nine Planets, better change it to My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nothing, because International Astronomical Union, declared today that Pluto is  not a planet anymore and neither are other three contenders (Ceres, Charon and Xena) who were hoping to hop into  planet family.

So its not nine, certainly not twelve ., its just Eight Planets.

Pluto looses out on last two of the three conditions as presented on BBC

  • 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 objects
  • So yes size does matter..!

    I doubt if anything would change in Nasa’a  Horizon mission which was launched early this year and is scheduled to reach the so far largest of dwarf planets and once a planet, Pluto by 2015.

    On another note, the present configuration will still have only 5 planets in common with Navagraha (Nine Planets) according to Indian Mythology. These navagrahas are Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu. (First seven representing the seven days of the week in order). 

    Pluto was kind of my favorite planet so far but I agree that it has to go because if it stays, there would be at least 100 more neighboring objects which have to be let in. This decision will surely throw Pluto into anonymity. How many of us heard of Ceres before  which was also a planet once upon a time?

    But again, so what? Why do I care if Pluto is a planet or not? How did it effect me when it was one. Other than my neighbor naming a dog after then ninth planet, I do not see how else it would have changed the life around me..

    Nonetheless, Pluto, I will miss you, from this planet..!

    Update: Terminology used here must be carefully reviewed. When I say Pluto is not a planet, all I mean is Pluto is not a classical planet. It IS after all still a planet. Just a dwarf one. Again, even though Size does matter, there is nothing “DWARF” about pluto. We all know Mercury is the smallest planet. So if you are near, you can afford to be small and  be in a near circular obit. Newton said it all..! Unfortunatley Pluto is small and far!  But you can certainly say Pluto is a planet, just not the same type as Earth!.

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    1. ashutosh - August 24, 2006

    I was wondering if it was a pizza only has just 8 slices and not the crappy reasons given in BBC…..just wondering…..!!!

    2. tismarkhan - August 24, 2006

    good point..i did not even think abt it..even the pizza i selected has only 8 slices..so it all makes sense now..the biggest conspiracy theory..its indeed all abt pizza!

    3. planetsk - August 24, 2006

    Sorry guys for the long break..will be regular from now on..

    My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas..Hey, I guess she served eight slices of one Pizza and claimed that she served nine Pizzas..anyway, poor pluto is so far that it got erased from the list of the so-called classical planets..saved some text in the school books but added more confusion in the theories about space..

    4. sk - August 24, 2006

    Actually, it clears a lot of confusion now. When someone names a dog “Pluto” now, it’ll definitely be after the Disney character. We won’t have to wonder if it’s been named after the planet or the dog.

    5. tismarkhan - August 24, 2006

    although if Zidane names his dog pluto, I wud think he is trying to offend Roman underworld God on whom the planet was named after all…
    I wonder where did Walt Disney come up with that name..!

    6. tismarkhan - September 2, 2006

    dumbest comment on pluto so far i have read:

    “Clyde Tombaugh(who discovered pluto) was an American hero. For that reason alone, Pluto’s status as a full-fledged planet should be kept.”

    –Herb Beebe, a longtime colleague of Clyde Tombaugh.

    7. swissreplica7 - January 15, 2007

    hello. it’s a nice day for your ideas and our money


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