agosto 25, 2006


Is Pluto Really a Planet?

I was listening to NPR in the car on my way back from work. They were saying that the International Astronomical Union is meeting in Prague to discuss, among other things, if Pluto is too puny to be a planet. Apparently some genius suggested that it should be declassified as a planet due to its small status. Those who want to demote Pluto argue that it's smaller than the earth's moon and there are other objects past Neptune that are comparable in size to Pluto. Those who favor the status quo put forth valid arguments to call Pluto a planet. For instance, it has an atmosphere, it goes through seasons, and it has three moons. But what about us, the Pluto fans out there? Is anyone going to consult us? The ninth planet is a part of our understanding of what the solar system is all about. Are the scientists considering what would happen with the mnemonic device for remembering planet names: "My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas?" To add insult to injury, and even if Pluto doesn't get the ax, they are apparently recommending a new planetary classification. There were be 3 categories. Terrestrial planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars), Giant planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) and a third class that would include Pluto. Guess what name they chose for the third category? Dwarf planets!Should Pluto be declassified as a planet? Hell no!

É um escândalo. É uma injustiça. Querem obter na secretaria o que não obteram junto da opinião pública.

Recorra-se ao Conselho de Justiça, ao Tribunal Constitucional, ao Tribunal Europeu dos Direitos do Homem.

Nada nos deverá demover de repôr a verdade desportiva, ehr... astronómica. Barcelos, ehr... Plutão não é menos que os outros planetas do Sistema.

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