June 28, 2008

From Den (doo le yvi lle @y ah oo.com):

Re: Some “dwarf planets” are now “plutoids” (June 12): This probably isn’t anything you haven’t heard already, but it just seems to me that the gas giants and the terrestrial plants are so different as to hardly be considered the same thing. So, it would seem, the term “planet” has to have a pretty loose definition to begin with, why worry about kicking Pluto out of the club, or even Ceres? My solution would have been to come up with a nice bit of jargon that gets the point across within the scientific community and then leave the term “planet” to the lay folk.

However, I suppose this gives astronomers something to discuss and they’ve probably enjoyed the attention this whole issue has provided them with.


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