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Recreating an editorial cartoon...

  No longer considered a planet     No longer considered a star 

 "Don't underestimate Pluto. Pluto doesn't know the word quit."

Now seriously for a second. There are about 2,500 members of the International Astronomy Union, and 424 members voted on the definition of what is and is not a planet. That's about 17% -- a worse turnout than American elections. Doesn't seem all that fair to me somehow. And where the heck were all of the other astronomers anyway? Is there that much of a raging nightlife in Prague? (Yes, I know the conference was ending...)

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drbear
Aug. 25th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
I understand that voters in Florida voted to make Pat Buchanan a star, but he's still in a gaseous state.
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