Sorry, No more ‘Pizza’ August 24, 2006Posted by PagMax in space.
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.
Pluto looses out on last two of the three conditions as presented on BBC
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!.