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The entire starfleet couldn't destroy the whole planet! A bunch of scientists in Prague, though... - The Phantom Librarian
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fernwithy
fernwithy
The entire starfleet couldn't destroy the whole planet! A bunch of scientists in Prague, though...
I am deeply saddened.

Pluto, little Pluto, not the farthest planet from the sun...

Whatever will Interplant Janet (she's a galaxy girl!) do?

I feel oddly bereft and robbed...

And they couldn't even nod to sentiment by naming the new sort of things they'd decided to classify "plutons"? Who spit in their oatmeal?
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angua9 From: angua9 Date: August 24th, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
'Tis a sad, sad day for the solar system.
ncp From: ncp Date: August 24th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure it's such a good idea to anger the Lord of the Underworld this way.
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: August 24th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Plutons" sounds like it ought to be a type of subatomic particle, actually. Possibly it transmits wealth.

(Well, if you can have a charm quark...)
ncp From: ncp Date: August 24th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pluton is actually a geology term. It refers to rock formations that form from magma that cools under the ground. As opposed to magma that cools above the ground, which is Volcanic rock.
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: August 24th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool.
ncp From: ncp Date: August 24th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. Poor Pluto. First his wife leaves him for 9 months of the year, then his planet gets taken from him. At least he's still got his rocks!

ALthough if they'd kept the planet status, Ceres (the largest asteroid), would have gained planet status as well. That would have been fun...
snorkackcatcher From: snorkackcatcher Date: August 24th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes. It would have been (as in the title of an Isaac Asimov article on the subject) The World Ceres.

(Sorry.)
ncp From: ncp Date: August 24th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was thinking more along the lines of Ceres being Prosperina's mother, and the reason why Pluto is lonely 9 months out of the year.

Could that be a form of interplanetary warfare?
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: August 24th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Asimov: source of some of the worst puns in science fiction. Like the one in the story of the race between the pet alien quasi-rodent and the sentient rock - that one still hurts to think of.
snorkackcatcher From: snorkackcatcher Date: August 24th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't remember that one. But I do remember Atlantis sinking beneath the Waves ...
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: August 24th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't remember that one! (Maybe I need to read some Asimov short stories agin)
snorkackcatcher From: snorkackcatcher Date: August 24th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
*rummages on bookshelves* It's Shah Guido G from Buy Jupiter (both of which are themselves punning titles!)
dudley_doright From: dudley_doright Date: August 25th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I missed that one, but....

A nitch in time saves stein?
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: August 25th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Groan....
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: August 24th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
*light dawns*

I just figured it out.

First his wife leaves him for 9 months of the year,

He got fed up and went with her. :P
artaxastra From: artaxastra Date: August 24th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interplanet Janet is out of luck. Pluto will always be a planet to me, though.
purple_ladybug1 From: purple_ladybug1 Date: August 24th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
My mom called home to tell me about it. Then, of course, she gave me instructions on picking up my brother from school, but hey, the declassification of Pluto came first in the conversation. I guess "My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Up Nine Potatoes" will have to be changed.
shake_n_shimmy From: shake_n_shimmy Date: August 24th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Unbelievable Nutmeg



...xD
purple_ladybug1 From: purple_ladybug1 Date: August 25th, 2006 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice
shake_n_shimmy From: shake_n_shimmy Date: August 25th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I try I try ;)
ratcreature From: ratcreature Date: August 24th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm rather happy that they stuck with just the eight tradtitional planets and stripped Pluto of that status instead of adding a whole bunch of other small objects to the list of "planets" as well.
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: August 24th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
But it does vindicate Holst.

I have a vague idea that 'pluton' is a term already used in geology, and that it has something to do with the formation of granite. I suppose that would speak against using it in another science (although you'd have thought it would be difficult to confuse the two...)
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: August 24th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooops - someone pointed this out first, and in more detail. Sorry to all concerned :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, there's still "plutoid."
sonetka From: sonetka Date: August 25th, 2006 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)
But it does vindicate Holst.

I thought that too - "Hey, 'The Planets' is up-to-date again!" I still wish they could have made an honorary exception for Pluto, though. Or hell, why NOT add a bunch of new planets? Think of the fun they'd have giving them all mythologically appropriate names :).
threnody From: threnody Date: August 25th, 2006 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)
They were going to make a moon of Pluto a planet (Charon), plus two others, Ceres and Xena. Except... Xena? You'd think they would not do that.
eir_de_scania From: eir_de_scania Date: August 24th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Does this mean changes in astrology as well as astronomy? :-P
sixth_light From: sixth_light Date: August 24th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hopefully we get to watch them scrambling to explain the sudden loss of Pluto in their charts. My money says they just ignore the ruling altogether - it's not like any other scientific objection to their "work" has ever registered.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 24th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm...Has anybody here read Mostly Harmless? I think something of a similar situation arises...
akilika From: akilika Date: August 24th, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't see why they'd need to change, anyway. Even if you accept astrology as valid, and astronomy as equally valid . . . it's a semantic change. A change in definition, so to speak. I don't see any reason why astrologists can't keep their own definitions and inclusions while astronomers keep theirs. Call it jargon. *shrug*
olympe_maxime From: olympe_maxime Date: August 24th, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
The worst part: the Scorpios of the world are now orphans. :(

may_child From: may_child Date: August 24th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, poor Pluto.

Why would they decide to do this? I mean, Pluto being a planet worked perfectly well in the 70 years since its discovery. Plus, since it and its moon Charon have been described as a "double planet," couldn't they have added Charon's mass to Pluto's or something, so as to push it over the "big enough to qualify as planet" line?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why would they decide to do this?

Basically it was because better telescopes have allowed them to see more objects, and it became necessary to define what a planet was, as opposed to what other masses were. And Pluto (poor Pluto!) just got the finger in this particular defining exercise.
akashasheiress From: akashasheiress Date: August 24th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sad too! Pluto was my favourite planet.
From: doctorwhohp Date: August 24th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I feel sorry for the scorpio's!

And how else am I going to remember the planets other than this, I've always used.

My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets.

I need a new acronym.
keestone From: keestone Date: August 25th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)

The ability to destroy a planet is nothing compared to the power of the Force!

;)
sep12 From: sep12 Date: August 25th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I WAS JUST THINKING THAT!!!!

lol.
durayan From: durayan Date: August 25th, 2006 01:13 am (UTC) (Link)
"Pluton" got nixed because the term is used in geology to mean something other than a disowned planet.

This disturbs me much like changing the name of the bronotosaurus. Makes me feel like my kid will forever be rolling her eyes about the obvious things that mom just doesn't know (like what that name is they decided to "officially" give to the brontosauri.

My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us...Noodles.
threnody From: threnody Date: August 25th, 2006 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Wait, wait, they changed 'brontosaurus'? What is it now? And why?

I feel so out of the loop.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 25th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Apotosaurus. It took me ages to figure out that the Appie was just the ol' Bronto after all.

Anyone who can explain why is more than welcome!
vytresna From: vytresna Date: August 25th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Basically, they gave the brontosaurus the wrong head by mistake, so when they realized their error, they called it "apatosaurus" for "deceptive lizard". Yeah.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 25th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh. It was the brontosaurus lying to them. That explains the goof completely, and requires a name change!
keestone From: keestone Date: August 25th, 2006 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Why is it that Star Wars always seems appropriate? ;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 25th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Because SW is applicable to every situation. It's just that cool.
gabrielladusult From: gabrielladusult Date: August 25th, 2006 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)
That's so funny -- I have the School House Rock DVD and I thought: "How am I going to explain this to my kids when we watch Interplanet Janet?"

I can't believe it -- in the word's of Willow, "My world's askew."
cepage From: cepage Date: August 25th, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Planet X

Christine Lavine, a rather quirky (pardon the pun) folk singer wrote a song about this very subject about ten years ago. Lyrics here: http://www.christinelavin.com/022200planetx.html

ps. Hi! I like your stories.
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