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Prague Vote Downgrades Pluto


What disappointment! Astronomers have decided to declassify Pluto from its planet status and re-classify it a "dwarf planet."
About 2,500 experts were in Prague for the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) general assembly. . . .

The initial proposal put before the IAU to raise the number of planets in the Solar System to 12—adding the asteroid Ceres, Pluto's "moon" Charon and the distant object known as 2003 UB313—met with opposition.

And just when I was rooting for 2003 UB313, too. Just goes to show, plutocracy doesn't work or pay. I hope that this decision won't affect the status of asteroids like Brno, Macocha, and Jožka Kubík!

Here's what we’re left with: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.

When I learned the planets, there were nine of them and we had this cool little memory device to remember them all. To be truthful, I forgot the mnemonic, but it was something like this: My Very Excellent Mother Just Sent Us Nine Puppies. Or something equally memorable. The first letter of each word helps you remember the planets and in the correct order: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. But now what? What's going to happen to the old mnemonic? We can't have our very excellent mothers just sending us "nine." Nine what?

It will have to be completely rethought! How about these?
  • My Very Emenable Mother Jana Served Up Noodles
  • Marek’s Vaingloriously Eclectic Mistress Just Saw Us Nude
  • Many Vegetables Edible Just So U kNow
  • More Variants Egregiously Mixup Jesse’s Strangely Usurped mNemonic

Or, you could rearrange "planets mnemonic" to make other fine things like
  • Pentacle Inn Moms
  • Lions Encampment
  • Mom Nets Pinnacle

Or, the students could rebel against the teachers and rearrange "remember the planets" into
  • Me pen trembles Earth
  • Tremble thee pen, Mars
  • Pet the Mars rebel, men!
  • Mam, then Peter rebels
  • Repent, Earth emblems



Links: BBC NEWS | Pluto loses status as a planet
AP report via the International Herald Tribune

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Comments:

Blogger Joe said . . .

You have too much time on your hands.

Oh, and now Holst's little suite makes a little more sense, and composers will not be trying to add a Pluto movement anymore.    

1:52 AM, August 25, 2006


Blogger morskyjezek said . . .

It seems that the controversy continues. I hope that this doesn't result in a new Planets movement (or two or three).    

11:10 AM, August 25, 2006


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