Monday, February 14, 2005

Happy Anniversary, Pluto!

Associated Press helps to revive the debate on Pluto. Michelle Roberts reports from Flagstaff on the 75th anniversary of Pluto's discovery. Astronomers now tell us that Pluto's really part of the Kyiper Belt, an assortment of a thousand icy objects rotating around the sun beyond Neptune. Clyde Tombaugh found it, while looking though an eyepiece, switching back and forth between photo images from the Lowell Observatory in Arizona. We learn, too, that Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of New York's Hayden Planetarium, at the American Museum of Natural History, had removed Pluto from the exhibit of planets five years ago.
Apparently, he's been getting hate mail from students and amateur astronomers ever since. An eleven year old girl from England chose Pluto for the name of this body. This was even before that corporation famous for its children's films and amusement parks named a cartoon dog after the god of the underworld.

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