BREAKING: Pluto Voted Out of Planetary Alliance

PlutoThis morning I posted that astronomers were to vote on the fate of Pluto‘s “planet” status. Well, they voted and Pluto has lost its status as a planet:

“About 2,500 experts were in Prague for the International Astronomical Union’s (IAU) general assembly. Astronomers rejected a proposal that would have retained Pluto as a planet and brought three other objects into the cosmic club. Pluto was discovered in 1930 by the American Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona. The vote effectively means the ninth planet will now be airbrushed out of school and university textbooks.”

Mother will no longer serve us nine pizzas. She will now simply serve us noodles.

Posted August 24, 2006 at 9:56am ETC by Andy Towle
in Nature