Pluto Demoted

Here’s an interesting news from CNN.

After much debate at conference in Prague, astronomers have declared that Pluto is no longer a planet, cutting down the “planets” of the solar system from nine to eight. From now on, it will fall under the “dwarf planet” category.

Much-maligned Pluto doesn’t make the grade under the new rules for a planet: “a celestial body that is in orbit around the sun, has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a … nearly round shape, and has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit.”

Pluto is automatically disqualified because its oblong orbit overlaps with Neptune’s. [CNN]

Nice. This is man trying to play god. We don’t get to create planets, but at least we get to label, promote, and demote them.

Pero, maapaektuhan kaya ang aking mga horoscopes?

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