Plutos supporters to battle for its planetary status

June 23rd, 2008 - 12:24 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 23 (ANI): Supporters of the planetary status of Pluto have expressed their displeasure about the planet being demoted to the status of a plutoid, and are marshalling support for a major scientific meeting devoted to debating its place in the solar system.

International Astronomical Unions (IAU) controversial decision to designate Pluto and its cousin Eris as plutoids irked the defenders of planet Pluto, who have not been appeased by its latest name change, according to a report in New Scientist.

It sounds like haemorrhoids, said Alan Stern, who is chief scientist for NASAs New Horizons mission to Pluto.

According to Stern, planetary scientists have been left out of the IAUs decision-making.

Now, these scientists will get the chance to present arguments for and against at The Great Planet Debate in August at Laurel, Maryland, US.

But the IAU wont be obliged to accept their conclusions.

The IAU has done what it could to come forward with a working definition, said IAU general secretary Karel van der Hucht. In the meantime, its a free world, anybody may organise meetings on the subject, he added. (ANI)

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