August 24th, 2006



As you may have already heard, astronomers have lost the planet Pluto. It's gone, never to be seen again. One could argue (i would) that it has been misplaced. One could then ask, "How does one misplace a whole planet?".

I'm deeply disappointed. Yesterday, My Very Energetic Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas. Today, My Very Energetic Mother Just Served Us Nothing. (Thanks, Craig).

The new dwarf planet, Pizza Pluto, can be found shining at about magnitude 14, near the planet Nothing Neptune. The new dwarf planet, Ceres, which was a Minor Planet, can be found near there too. Also in that area is the planet Us George Uranus. Summer is currently an excellent time of year to view these objects. Pizza Pluto may be visible in my 10 inch telescope, under good dark skies, with an excellent star chart. The other objects are fairly easy to see in a small telescope or binoculars. Nothing Neptune and Ceres are about 8th magnitude. Us Uranus, at magnitude 5.9, should be just visible to the naked eye under excellent sky conditions.

Why did 2,700 astronomers travel to Prague to define the word 'Planet'? Apparently, was down.
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