Wired News: What, Exactly, Is a Planet?

Link: Wired News: What, Exactly, Is a Planet?.

Among the possibilities at the 12-day meeting of the International Astronomical Union in the Czech Republic capital: Subtract Pluto or christen one more planet, and possibly dozens more.

But the decision won’t be an easy one. Scientists attending the conference are split over whether Pluto should be excluded from the list of planets, said Pavel Suchan of the meeting’s local organization committee.

"So far it looks like a stalemate," Suchan said. "One half wants Pluto to remain a planet, the other half says Pluto is not worth being called a planet."

Dear scientists: if you demote Pluto we will find you, kick you in the nads, and steal your lunch money.


Fans of Pluto.