"Help Us Name the Moons of Pluto!"
Pluto may have lost is designation as a full-fledged-planet in 2006 (after 'dwarf planet' Eris
was discovered that is larger than it), but it still gets plenty of attention by astronomers. In the last two years, the Hubble Space Telescope discovered two more moons of Pluto, which have not yet been named. So Mark Showalter
of the SETI Institute is doing an online survey. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop
on Feb 11, 2013 -
People have been upset
about Pluto's demotion for some time now. (While classical music fans
have just had a love/hate relationship with this whole process.) But astronomical hate mail
has never been as cute as the missives Neil deGrasse Tyson has received over the years from tots upset at poor Pluto's ouster.
posted by greekphilosophy
on Mar 15, 2010 -
Bad News: (pdf)
In the continuing degredation of Pluto, the former planet has been assigned a number establishing it among the ranks of
dwarf planets, so now we have the name of 134340 Pluto. In good news, 2003 UB313
is now 136199 Eris. Commence hailing!
posted by eriko
on Sep 14, 2006 -
My very elegant mother just sat upon ninjas
... the textbooks, mnemonic devices and more will have to be changed today. Pluto has been demoted from its status as planet to a dwarf planet
. We now have 8 in our solar system. The debate is not at all new
, and its apparent resolution may not matter to our everyday lives, but it's just a little weird to think of all of the things that will have to be retroactively edited or amended as a result.
posted by twiggy
on Aug 24, 2006 -
It was now or not for 200 years,
and it was starting to look like it wouldn't be for another 200 years with the initial exploration funding cutbacks by Bush & Co. But reason has prevailed in the house and senate, and a Pluto mission is back in the plan. I never did find out why Bush opposed this mission. Maybe he thought that $30 million was too extravagent for a trip to Disneyland.
posted by holycola
on Nov 8, 2001 -