Archive for October, 2006

Analysis of Pluto’s Redefinition

By Monamie Bhadra and Shobita Parthasarathy

On August 24, 2006, after hours of careful and often acrimonious deliberation, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) meeting in Prague redefined the concept of “planet” when Pluto became a dwarf planet because it could not “clear the neighborhood” with its own mass. Pluto became the lightning rod for criticism of ……

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