Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Two possible Pluto satellites discovered

It's not confirmed, yet, but if these objects actually orbit around Pluto, this might give astronomers more reason to believe that the heavenly body is a planet...whatever that's supposed to mean. Pluto's status as a planet, and even the traditional definition of a planet, has been challenged ever since similar-sized and larger objects have been found orbiting much farther away from the sun.

*sigh* The days of my early youth when the solar system was so organized is now apparently gone. I suppose it's better this way, but it's gonna be a hell lot more difficult for elementary schoolkids to memorize all the popular trans-Neptunian objects. :-)