Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Don't Un-Planet Pluto!

Does the NYT Editorial page have to weigh in on everything? Here they argue against the suggestion of Caltech astronomer Michael Brown--who's discovered two icy balls orbiting the sun farther out than Pluto-- that we call these things planets.
The NYT thinks we should stop calling icy balls like Pluto planets, and remove Pluto from the list of planets.
So the mnemonic would go: "My very educated mother just served us nine"?
Pluto would be un-planeted?
I don't even want to address the argument.
NYT, you have, really, no authority here. I want Pluto to remain a planet, along with icy balls Michaelbrownrocks and Litvak Prime.