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IAU Speaks Out Against Planet Naming Site Uwingu
2013-04-15 12:01:28

While the concept behind Uwingu is intriguing, IAU says it is misleading because their naming campaigns have no bearing on the official naming process.

Vesta Has Planet-Like Faults
2012-09-27 12:35:00

New research reinforces the idea that the asteroid Vesta may actually have more of a history to it than just being a floating space rock.

Pluto Demoted From Planetary Status Five Years Ago Today
2012-08-24 12:54:31

On August 24, 2006, the solar system’s most distant family member -- tiny, isolated icy planet Pluto -- received some shocking news: it would no longer be considered a true planet.

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2008-08-19 08:30:00

According to researchers, a newly discovered “minor planet” may help explain how comets are created.

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2008-06-11 11:20:00

The International Astronomical Union has decided on the term plutoid as a name for dwarf planets like Pluto at a meeting of its Executive Committee in Oslo.

2006-08-24 09:53:13

By Alan Crosby PRAGUE (Reuters) - Pluto was stripped of its status as a planet on Thursday when astronomers from around the world redefined it as a "dwarf planet," leaving just eight classical planets in the solar system.


Word of the Day
fleuron
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]