Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Plutoids? Plutoids.

That wacky International Astronomical Union.

LIkely still smarting from criticism lobbed at them from every Joe-Six-Pack astronomer on the globe when they demoted Pluto to dwarf planet status two years ago, the IAU now wants to call any sufficiently round and massive object beyond the orbit of Neptune a "plutoid," rather than "dwarf planet."

Take it from a guy who's still very much a part of the My Very Educated Mother Just Gave Us Nine Pumpkins crowd: A plutoid may indeed be a plutoid. But Pluto is still Pluto.

I feel like those crazy ladies in Back to the Future: "Save the Clock Tower!"

Except I'm shouting

"Nine Pumpkins!"

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