August 24, 2006

Pluto loses planet status

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Scientists from around the world on
Thursday approved a new definition of a planet, downgrading
Pluto's status to leave just eight classical planets.

After a heated debate, 2,500 scientists and astronomers
voted at the International Astronomers Union General Assembly
that Pluto, which has been called a planet since being
discovered in 1930, would be put into a category of planets
called "dwarf planets."