There is still time to throw away the old crusty convention one more time and be controversial — just like the once Planet Pluto was de-moted by The International Astronomical Union (IAU), on August 26 2006 from world recognized Planet status to NOT even a mere star, but a dwarf planet — yes a dwarf.
But dwarf planet Pluto is making a controversial come back. Dwarf Planet or not, a Pluto renaissance is taking place in Illinois (maybe the entire nation), even during these difficult times. At last some relief — even for a day would give the olâ€šÃ„Ã´ psychic some recharge time. Good god it has been tough lately!
Full Planetary Status
The state of Illinois plans on March 13, 2009, to reinstate Pluto back to a full, mature and glorious planet again. All things aside, this is the same state that elects governors and then impeaches them more than anyone else. See Illinois Senate Resolution 46
March 13th designated as â€šÃ„ÃºPluto Day“
March 13th could be an enchanted day worldwide — imagine that? It is only two days before the Ides of March which either is a festive celebration, or the remembrance of Julius Caesarâ€šÃ„Ã´s assassination, depending on your perspective.
It was February 18, 1930, when 24 year-old Clyde Tombaugh noticed a blinking point that became known as Pluto the planet — not the goofy Walt Disney cartoon character dog. See Plutoâ€šÃ„Ã´s wikipedia citation here.
The vote that shook up the entire solar system… is it happening again?
“Pluto is dead,” said Caltech researcher Mike Brown, who spoke with reporters via a teleconference while monitoring the controversial Planet demotion vote by 424 astronomers (out of some 10,000 professional astronomers around the globe), at their meeting in Prague — and after eight days of contentious debate that involved four separate proposals. That decision also means a Pluto-sized object that Brown discovered will not be called a planet. Astronomers worldwide wrangled over Pluto since the late 1990s — to demote Pluto or NOT !
“Pluto is not a planet,” Brown said. “There are finally, officially, eight planets in the solar system.”
That ambiguous decision established three main categories of objects in our solar system.
- Planets: The eight worlds from Mercury to Neptune.
- Dwarf Planets: Pluto and any other round object that “has not cleared the neighborhood around its orbit, and is not a satellite.”
- Small Solar System Bodies: All other objects orbiting the Sun
Illinois plutonic proclamation by Governor Rod Blagojevich: “WHEREAS, Dr. Tombaugh is so far the only Illinoisan and only American to ever discover a planet…“ok this is incorrect, but the effort was put forth ?
Confusing and Unfortunate
That proposed definition — dwarf planet, has been lambasted as “confusing and unfortunate” by Owen Gingerich, historian and astronomer emeritus at Harvard who led the committee in deciding Plutoâ€šÃ„Ã´s fate.