posted on Aug, 26 2006 @ 03:45 AM
I think people just want to save money on text books for the school systems.
They think its easier to take a sharpy and cross out pluto then it is to reprint text books adding 3 more planets...and then 12 more later that are
being looked at, etc.
Perhaps they are afraid the kids cant memorize 24+ planets in school.
I think its a shame really, science should move forward, talk about trying to live in your comfort zone. The new argument presented on the BBC was
that one group of astronomers who watch how planets react to other objects in the univers vs. those who look at how they are formed was the reason for
this. However, there is a great inconsistency in this argument, which if looked at in seriousness would reduce the planets from the 8 classical, down
Time to leave scientific organizational bodies behind when stuff like this pops up...it only brings us closer to the "dark ages" vs. pioneering
space exploration for the future generations.