SPIRIT OF THE MONTH

September 2006

Pluto


Pluto © Aris Dervis 2006

© Aris Dervis 2006

 

Pluto

R.I.P.

February 18, 1930- August 24, 2006

I would have loved to be a fly on the wall in Prague when the astronomers voted to downsize Pluto to a "dwarf" planet. Did no one protest? Only four hundred of the thousands of members were present. Days before it appeared that Pluto would retain its planetary dignity and power conferred by that status. Perhaps it was the Pilsner talking, but the astronomers made a big booboo. It should have been a convention of astrologers making the decision. Even the most amateur stargazer can recognize that size isn't everything.

Happily, 300 of America's top scientists have signed a petition challenging the Prague prognosis.

Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto when he was only 24, is now aboard a spacecraft headed toward Pluto. It will arrive in 2015 and deposit Clyde's ashes in the environment.

Keep Pluto in your hearts, and in your charts!

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