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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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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.
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

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 :)
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.
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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)

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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