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156106.  Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:15 am Reply with quote

Q: How many planets are there in the Solar System?
A: It depends where you are.

As we all know, the definition of 'planet' was changed recently to exclude Pluto. And as planetudinousness is just a matter of definition, those PR-savvy astronomers in New Mexico decided that they'd pass an official statute to get it changed back to planet status while it was visible from their (excellent) night skies.

Seven months after a conclave of scientists downgraded the distant heavenly body to a "dwarf planet," a state representative in New Mexico aims to give the snubbed world back some of its respect. State lawmakers will vote Tuesday on a bill that proposes "as Pluto passes overhead through New Mexico's excellent night skies, it be declared a planet."

The resolution, House Joint Memorial 54, was introduced by Rep. Joni Marie Gutierrez (D-Dona Ana County). It reiterates the importance of astronomy to the state of New Mexico and calls for March 13 to be "Pluto Planet Day.",72927-0.html

160986.  Thu Mar 29, 2007 3:43 am Reply with quote


The New Mexico Pluto bill was passed unanimously.

161144.  Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:54 am Reply with quote

Reminds me of the bill introduced into the Indiana state legislature that set the value of pi to 3.2 to ease computation. It didn't pass, but largely because the delegates didn't regard it as a suitable subject for legislation and because they didn't want to pay royalties for new textbooks rather than because it was barking mad.


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