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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Pluto Not a Planet, Astronomers Rule

Pluto Not a Planet, Astronomers Rule.

Finally the deal is settled. But seems that previously there were others new planets voted to join the Solar System, the true picture is yet to be revealed.

According to the new definition, a full-fledged planet is an object that orbits the sun and is large enough to have become round due to the force of its own gravity. In addition, a planet has to dominate the neighborhood around its orbit.

Pluto has been demoted because it does not dominate its neighborhood. Charon, its large "moon," is only about half the size of Pluto, while all the true planets are far larger than their moons.