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Poor Pluto! February 2, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Books, Science.

Their teacher made a very shocking announcement while the students were working on their solar system dioramas:

Class, scientists have just decided that Pluto can no longer be a planet. Now, there are only 8 planets, so please remove him from your project.”

PoorPluto And so begins the story by third-grade students of Tokay Colony Elementary School in Lodi, California. They like the rest of us were astonished to learn that International Astronomical Union decided that Pluto would no longer be classified as a planet in August 2006. So, they used materials that they found around their school at recess to build a rocket ship, which was big enough to hold 16 students, 1 teacher, and 3 hamsters. Those brave students were determined to find Pluto and bring him back with them so he wouldn’t feel lonely without his lost planetary family. Disregarding the gravitational issues involved, this wonderful story written and illustrated by the third-graders helps us all deal with the loss of a planet and begin to accept our new eight planet solar system. Pluto, we still love you no matter what the IAU calls you.



1. Ged - February 2, 2008

I love science almost as much as you do Dave, and I don’t care what the Astronomical Union says, there are 9 planets in our solar system. This might be the start of the “get off my lawn you kids!” phase of my life, but gosh-darned it, Pluto is a planet! If it was good enough for Tombaugh, then it’s good enough for me.

Add to that the fact that technically, by the new definition of “planet” by the AUI, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Neptune are not planets either. Given this, and that less than 5 percent of astronomers voted for Pluto’s re-classification, I’m perfectly comfortable with bucking the establishment.

Long live Pluto!!

2. Sandy (Momisodes) - February 2, 2008

Oh the rocket is so sweet! What a sad, sad day. R.I.P. Pluto you’ll always be a planet in my heart 😦

3. peanut - May 11, 2008

who hoo!!! i go there and i think its awsme the third graders won

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