Friday, August 25, 2006

Pluto is no longer a 'planet' in our Solar System…

There will no longer be the existence of planet ‘Pluto’ in the Solar System! For more than seven decades, school children have been taught that tiny, lonely Pluto is the outermost of the nine planets that orbit the Sun. A big hole has now been bashed into that cherished piece of learning, for most Astronomers have voted to strip Pluto of its status as a planet on yesterday (August 24, 2006).This decision has been taken in the general meeting of the world’s topmost astronomers in Prague, the capital of Czech Republic. More than 2,500 scientists have been present in that meeting, which was arranged by International Astronomical Union (IAU) .

Pluto was discovered by the American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh in 1930. Since then, Pluto was known to be ninth planet of our Solar System. But from the very beginning, there was always a debate on Pluto’s planetary status among the astronomers! Many astronomers feel Pluto's small size (only 2,360 km across, smaller even than some moons in the Solar System) and its highly elliptical and tilted orbit set it apart from the other eight ‘traditional’ planets. Moreover in the early 90’s, astronomers found several objects of comparable size to Pluto in an outer region of the Solar System called the Kuiper Belt. Since then, the campaign against Pluto’s planetary status became strong to stronger and finally yesterday this debate came to an end. In the meeting, the scientists agreed that for a celestial body to qualify as a planet:
  • It must be in orbit around the Sun.
  • It must be large enough that it takes on a nearly round shape.
  • It has cleared its orbit of other objects.
- Pluto was automatically disqualified because its highly elliptical orbit overlaps with that of Neptune.

This decision of stripping Pluto’s planetary status by International Astronomical Union (IAU) means textbooks will now have to describe a ‘New’ Solar System with just eight major planetary bodies and Pluto will no longer be considered as a ‘traditional’ planet, rather it will be referred to as ‘Dwarf Planet’. There is recognition that the demotion is likely to upset some public, who have become accustomed to a particular view of the Solar System.

23 comments:

Samiha Esha said...

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mehrin said...

hmm...interesting information.

Shaon said...

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Shaon said...

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^_^ said...

Hey Shaon, your blog looks great. And I'm feeling sad for Pluto. Well it's not destroyed right? It's frozen, but still there. Pluto is such a wonderful planet (never been there)... how sad news!But to me Pluto is a planet until it is not been seen at all. "It's just frozen but still there" so still a planet that exist :D

Smile to the Universe :)
Smile to the World :)

Shaon said...

@ [^_^]...

thanks for your nice comment... yap you r right, Pluto still exists... but there is new classfication of celestial bodies in our solar system! Now, there are 8 'Planets' and 3 'Dwarf Planets'... as you can see in the bottom image of my post...

keep visiting my weblog...ciao!

^_^ (Your Friend) said...

Hi Shaon, :D

- so, what's up with Pluto now?

- Where is that new blog or section you gonna talk about you said that you're gonna do? Remember? :D

- Oh yah by the way, this indian guy I forgot his name he discovered a cure to Cancer. That's like creating more soldiers... activating the immune system i guess and the oldiers are actually starting to fight. Sooooooooooo, since you are good with news and information then you could start another section wehere it talks about "new researches." This news i got it yesturday in global channel.

ok so that's all for now, cuz it's like long and hahahaha :)

Take care,

J.H.

Shaon said...

hello @[^_^](My Friend)...

Pluto is still a 'Dwarf Planet' and it will be... It's not a traditional planet as I said... there are officially 8 traditional planets in our solar system....


Yap, I do remember about the new post I promised to you... As soon as I get the necessary information about the topic from you, you will find that new post in my weblog....

thnx for visiting my weblog again...

take care... ciao!

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Anonymous said...

why did pluto get tken away to begin with there are some kids that do history on the planet and since the planet pluto is goe hat means that there are goin to have to be new hisotry and science book sine the solar system changed big time
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