Thursday, June 12, 2008

Pluto Gets a New Class

The International Astronomical Union has decreed that Pluto, along with other planetoids that lie beyond Neptune, will now be classified as 'plutoids.'

Currently, only two heavenly bodies qualify for that designation, Pluto and Eris. Ceres, which is only smaller than Pluto, cannot be classified as such because it is located between Mars and Jupiter.

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