Thursday, June 12, 2008

A New Name For Pluto

As the logo for this site suggests, NWI Connect strives to connect Northwest Indiana with the rest of the world. This time around, we're going to connect you out of this world!

Pluto, no longer classified as a planet as of 2006, is now being called a "plutoid," along with other mini-planets. According to a Reuters article on the matter, "Plutoids will be defined as celestial bodies in orbit around the Sun farther away than Neptune. They must have near-spherical shape, and must not have swept up other, smaller objects in their orbits...."

So to review from your fifth grade science class astronomy lesson, our solar system consists of the Sun, eight official planets, and at least three "plutoids," or dwarf-planets. Can you name all eight planets and one of the plutoids? Scroll down for the answer....





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The inner solar system contains the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. The planets of the outer solar system are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. The known plutoids are Pluto and Eris.



Just thought you might find this interesting....

2 comments:

Daltonsbriefs said...

In my mind Pluto is still a planet, and a tomato is still a vegatable, I'm just not ready for all this change

prayeramedic said...

lol, Steve. I know what you mean. Speaking of tomatoes, good luck finding any....