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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-11-10 18:04
Subject: [science] I love Pluto
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Wisdom of the Niece:

My five year old niece recently discovered - to her dismay - that Pluto is no longer a planet. So she drew a picture of Pluto and wrote, "I Love Pluto. I think Pluto is a planet."

I love Pluto

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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2009-11-11 02:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good for her! I think Pluto is a planet, too. ;)
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markbourne: spinning TARDIS
User: markbourne
Date: 2009-11-11 03:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:spinning TARDIS
Neil DeGrasse Tyson will be paying her a visit.
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Chris McKitterick: Saturn's rings
User: mckitterick
Date: 2009-11-11 04:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Saturn's rings
Your niece is full of awesome.
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User: madrobins
Date: 2009-11-11 04:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's fabulous. Have you shown it to John Scalzi's daughter? They'd get along well.
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User: laurele
Date: 2009-11-11 06:18 (UTC)
Subject: She's right!
Pluto is still a planet. Only four percent of the IAU voted on the controversial demotion, and most are not planetary scientists. Their decision was immediately opposed in a formal petition by hundreds of professional astronomers led by Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto. One reason the IAU definition makes no sense is it says dwarf planets are not planets at all! That is like saying a grizzly bear is not a bear, and it is inconsistent with the use of the term “dwarf” in astronomy, where dwarf stars are still stars, and dwarf galaxies are still galaxies. Also, the IAU definition classifies objects solely by where they are while ignoring what they are. If Earth were in Pluto’s orbit, according to the IAU definition, it would not be a planet either. A definition that takes the same object and makes it a planet in one location and not a planet in another is essentially useless. Pluto is a planet because it is spherical, meaning it is large enough to be pulled into a round shape by its own gravity--a state known as hydrostatic equilibrium and characteristic of planets, not of shapeless asteroids held together by chemical bonds. These reasons are why many astronomers, lay people, and educators are either ignoring the demotion entirely or working to get it overturned. I am a writer and amateur astronomer and proud to be one of these people. You can read more about why Pluto is a planet and worldwide efforts to overturn the demotion on my Pluto Blog at http://laurele.livejournal.com
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The Green Knight: Pluto
User: green_knight
Date: 2009-11-11 09:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Go Niece go!

(LJ love is having the right icon for any topic.)
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User: desperance
Date: 2009-11-11 12:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yay niece! Also, Pluto says it is too still a planet...
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Sean P. Fodera: Save Pluto
User: delkytlar
Date: 2009-11-11 19:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Save Pluto
Smarts really are an inter-generational thing in your family, Jay. Good going, Niece of Jay!
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User: weezlgrrrl
Date: 2009-11-16 03:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That. Is. AWESOME!!!
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