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- noun astronomy The status of a
planet(especially of a minor one, as opposed to an asteroid etc.)
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Despite Downgrade, Pluto Adds to Entourage might not be a planet anymore, according to the definition of planethood adopted by the International Astronomical Union in 2006, but the icy little orb on the edge of the solar system still has a lot going on.
Astrophysicists stripped Pluto of full planethood.
And because Pluto is rather large, this definition won't confer planethood on every last iceball beyond Neptune.
It preserves the planethood Pluto has enjoyed since its discovery.
From a story in today's NYT on evolving definitions of planethood:
An entire blog (laurele. livejournal.com) arose to restore Pluto's planethood.
Someone suggested that Pluto is reddening because of its recent demotion from full planethood.
(Given how upset people got when Pluto was demoted from planethood, I can't wait to see how they'll react to Mars's exile.)
We are meant, first of all, to be citizens of earth with all the love and responsible behavior that is required to be a hologram of planethood, one of Earth's human brain cells thinking planet-thoughts.
Human multi-organism communities are to date not sophisticated enough to make the jump from nationhood to planethood.
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