Pluto is No Longer a Planet

When I left for vacation four days ago, our solar system was composed of nine planets. When I returned, it only possessed eight. The International Astronomical Union approved a final redefinition of the word “planet” on August 24th, 2006; consequently, Pluto has lost its status as a planet. Neither the former ninth planet nor Pluto could be reached for commentary, but it can be assumed that both are deeply disheartened and may consider leaving the solar system in protest.

5 responses

  1. I heard that Pluto was going to pick up all its asteroids and go home. (ba da boom)

    I have mixed feelings about this one. On one hand, I guess Pluto is smaller than our moon! And it always did have that wierd orbit.

    On the other hand, think of all the solar system models and mobiles than will need to be revamped!

  2. I agree that it is a fair decision considering Pluto’s size and eccentric orbit, but I’m sure that the possibility of selling more overpriced textbook revisions must have played some part in that decision.

  3. What a cynic! But Hubby thinks along the same lines, too — that it’s all motivated by money somehow.

  4. I was being sarcastic, of course, but in this day and age when money controls almost everything, who could ignore the possibility?

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