If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things.” –Confucius Where were you on August 24, 2006? On that day, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) announced that Pluto was no longer a planet. The IAU demoted Pluto to the status of a dwarf planet after over 75 years… Continue reading Why Pluto is No Longer a Planet
The biggest comet ever discovered, the lecturing astronomer told us, is speeding toward the sun at 22,000 miles per hour. I sat up straighter, as I’d guess did most of us in this Zoom class. We were here to learn why Pluto is no longer a planet and this was news. But, he continued, we… Continue reading The Biggest Comet Ever!