Despite being an underDOG (pun somewhat intended), I am rooting for Pluto to keep its planetary status. Next week, the International Astronomical Union, which oversees astronomical rules and conventions, will vote on a proposed new definition of "planet." This proposed new definition would expand the number of planets from 9 to 12, allowing Pluto to keep its godly planetary status.
Check back here after next week's meeting to find out if you have to learn a new mnemonic to remember the planets. (My mnemonic is "Mary's Violet Eyes Make Jack Stay Up Nights Pining." What's yours?)
Register your vote by posting a comment. I'll report the results. For background on the controversy and proposed definition go to http://www.gps.caltech.edu/~mbrown/whatsaplanet/ .
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat
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