Saturday, August 26, 2006

Goodbye Pluto. Goodbye Earth.

So Pluto is no longer a planet. Fine.

But apparently, the redefinition may hit a little closer to home.

Stern sees problems ahead for the IAU definition.

Under the current wording, Earth does not qualify as a planet because it has not "cleared the neighborhood around its orbit," he said. Objects called near-Earth asteroids orbit the sun at roughly the same from our home star as Earth.

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