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Girl Who Named Pluto, At 11, Dies At 90

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the no-phair dept.

Space 158

notthepainter notes the passing of the woman who, as an 11-year-old girl, named Pluto. "Frozen and lonely, Planet X circled the far reaches of the solar system awaiting discovery and a name. It got one thanks to an 11-year-old British girl named Venetia Burney, an enthusiast of the planets and classical myth. On March 14, 1930, the day newspapers reported that the long-suspected 'trans-Neptunian body' had been photographed for the first time, she proposed to her well-connected grandfather that it be named Pluto, after the Roman god of the underworld. Venetia Phair, as she became by marriage, died April 30 in her home in Banstead, in the county of Surrey, England. She was 90. ... More vexing to Mrs. Phair was the persistent notion that she had taken the name from the Disney character. 'It has now been satisfactorily proven that the dog was named after the planet, rather than the other way around,' she told the BBC. 'So, one is vindicated.' " Venetia's great-uncle Henry, who was a housemaster at Eton, had successfully proposed that the two dwarf moons of Mars be named Phobos and Deimos.

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But Pluto's not even a planet! (5, Funny)

bigjarom (950328) | more than 5 years ago | (#27931937)

How is this even a story? Maybe if she had named a REAL planet...

Relevant question (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27931957)

Was she hot?

Re:Relevant question (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27932171)

You know all Brits have bad teeth, right?

So no, she wasn't.

Re:Relevant question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27932605)

Billie Piper is kind of hot...

Re:But Pluto's not even a planet! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27932003)

In Soviet Pluto, planet names you!

Epic fail (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27932015)

This bitch couldn't tell the difference between a planet and a dwarf planet. Plus, why would you want to name a midgit-planet after a Disney character?

Thanks for testing the waters... (0, Redundant)

Tatarize (682683) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932133)

I'm glad you got marked troll. Like 90% of us were coming here to make the exact same joke and now we know how the response would have been.

Re:But Pluto's not even a planet! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27932271)

Fuck you, Pluto is a planet you insensitive clod!

Just got off the toilet (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27932647)

I shat out a Republican.

Plop!

An 11-year-old-girl (1)

RepelHistory (1082491) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932683)

Known in the scientific community as a "Dwarf Woman."

Re:But Pluto's not even a planet! (4, Funny)

flyingsquid (813711) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933339)

Wait a minute, so Pluto is not named after the dog in the Disney cartoons? So would that mean that Pluto's moon isn't actually named Goofy? Aw, hell... I guess I just got an F on that paper for my astronomy class.

Re:But Pluto's not even a planet! (5, Funny)

Col Estrol (1222772) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933351)

true, Pluto sure turned out to be a mickey mouse planet

Re:But Pluto's not even a planet! (1)

midphasecoupon (1553395) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933377)

How is this even a story? Maybe if she had named a REAL planet...

so what did you accomplish when you were 11? Maybe you discovered and named one of those rocks in the asteroid belt.

Re:But Pluto's not even a planet! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27933753)

"accomplish"? ...this girl didn't accomplish anything either. She didn't discover the planet, she didn't have an inspirational idea for the name, she just had a grandfather who knew people.

Re:But Pluto's not even a planet! (1, Insightful)

Xupa (1313669) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933467)

Maybe if Slashdot didn't report shit two weeks after the fact....

Re:But Pluto's not even a planet! (1)

Haoie (1277294) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933489)

I really wonder how she felt when a few years ago, Pluto was declassified as a planet. Oddly surreal.

Re:But Pluto's not even a planet! (5, Insightful)

iggymanz (596061) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933955)

it still has the name Venetia B. gave it, and it will still have that name even if Western civilization falls, for example in Japanese and Chinese it's "Netherworld King", translating her name by calling the god Pluto by his title. In a thousand years it's likely her name will have survived.

Re:But Pluto's not even a planet! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27933627)

ITT Disney slaves.

Goofy (0, Offtopic)

kensai (139597) | more than 5 years ago | (#27931945)

If she would only have named it Goofy, she could have lived to 100.

Re:Goofy (5, Insightful)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932277)

What I find baffling is that Goofy is a dog, and Pluto is a dog. But Goofy wears clothes, drives, and talks - and Pluto just runs around, barks and wags his tail.

It's just... not right.

Re:Goofy (4, Funny)

Austerity Empowers (669817) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932437)

Pluto is a dog's dog. Goofy is a dog trying to be a man.

If I ran around sniffing crotches and licking my goods, I'd...never get out of the house. What was my point again?

Re:Goofy (4, Funny)

beav007 (746004) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932477)

Pluto is a dog's dog. Goofy is a dog trying to be a man.

Actually, Pluto is a mouses dog.

Re:Goofy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27932757)

So.. What is max?

Re:Goofy (1)

Col Estrol (1222772) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933409)

that's a mouse trying to be a man. It must be a hassle having to thread your tail through a small hole in the back of your pants every morning when you get dressed.

Re:Goofy (5, Funny)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932485)

Should we respect Goofy's aspiration to transcend his origins and disapprove of Pluto's ignomy, or should we reject Goofy as a social-climbing pretender and admire Pluto's authenticity?

Re:Goofy (4, Funny)

Obyron (615547) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933037)

I think it's clear to any REAL dog that Goofy is nothing but an uppity Uncle Rover, sitting and rolling over for the massah to get a handout.

Re:Goofy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27933993)

Should we respect Goofy's aspiration to transcend his origins and disapprove of Pluto's ignomy, or should we reject Goofy as a social-climbing pretender and admire Pluto's authenticity?

Wow! Metaphysics, Mickey Mouse, and Machiavelli all in one.

Pure genius!

Re:Goofy (1)

moosesocks (264553) | more than 5 years ago | (#27934269)

Given Walt's history, I'd always just assumed that Goofy's early character was a manifestation of his racist beliefs.

(Seriously... part of the reason that Disney don't want their copyrights to expire is that they're repressing a lot of really bad stuff that's in their early archives)

Re:Goofy (4, Funny)

FatdogHaiku (978357) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932479)

What I find baffling is that Goofy is a dog, and Pluto is a dog. But Goofy wears clothes, drives, and talks - and Pluto just runs around, barks and wags his tail.

You know, that's not very far out there when you are talking about this group. Years ago when Minnie started acting strange, many thought she had had a psychotic break, some said that she was just plain crazy... In the end, it turned out she was just fu*king Goofy...

Re:Goofy (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27933507)

Something's wrong with your 'c' key. It seems sometimes it prints out a * instead. Should get that fixed, it prevents REALLY REALLY STUPID people from realizing you typed 'fucking'

Re:Goofy (5, Funny)

dudpixel (1429789) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932549)

we are tackling the big issues here today aren't we?

Re:Goofy (0, Troll)

syousef (465911) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933021)

What I find baffling is that Goofy is a dog, and Pluto is a dog. But Goofy wears clothes, drives, and talks - and Pluto just runs around, barks and wags his tail.

What I find baffling is how this gets modded insightful? Just what was the insight here? That cartoon characters can be imagined differently?

Re:Goofy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27933677)

From the TV show "Soap":

Jodie Dallas: Plato was gay.
Jessica Tate: Mickey Mouse had a gay dog?
Jodie Dallas: Goofy was his lover.

like a zebra. (-1, Redundant)

mcfatboy93 (1363705) | more than 5 years ago | (#27931967)

Was the dwarf planet named after the dog or was the dog named after the dwarf planet.

We may never know.

Re:like a zebra. (5, Informative)

linzeal (197905) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932051)

If you knew your history or had read the article linked in the header, you would.

Re:like a zebra. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27932273)

Or the summary, for that matter.

I can't be bothered to RTFS (1)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932727)

My attention span got me halfway through the summary and then I got distracted by topless photos of Carrie Prejean.

Re:I can't be bothered to RTFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27932993)

...halfway through... and then I got distracted by topless photos of Carrie Prejean.

That's your excuse for everything, isn't it?

Damned Disney (5, Insightful)

karaage (1543207) | more than 5 years ago | (#27931975)

Ripping off public domain folk tales was not enough. They had to go after the planets, too.

Re:Damned Disney (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27932309)

How can you rip off something that is in the public domain?

Re:Damned Disney (5, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932601)

...By practically claiming it as your own? How many people think that The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Snow White and Pinocchio were thought up by Disney? I would imagine that most kids, and a good amount of adults think that, at least for some of them.

Sure, its not wrong because public domain works are meant to be copied. But it kinda kills part of the experience to know that the movies you thought Disney did a great job doing, had been around for centuries before Walt was born.

Re:Damned Disney (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27933263)

It is wrong. Plaigarism is plaigarism.

Re:Damned Disney (4, Insightful)

residieu (577863) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933557)

That's the beauty of the public domain. Anyone can take those ideas and characters and make something out of them. Disney did a really great job adapting these old tales. The fact that they weren't original ideas by Disney doesn't take away from that (did anyone ever think Disney came up with them?) Dreamworks was able to use many of those same characters in their Shrek movies, because they're not Disney's characters, they're everyone's characters.

Re:Damned Disney (3, Informative)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932703)

By buying laws that make sure their stuff won't ever fall into public domain.

God speed (5, Insightful)

elashish14 (1302231) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932029)

We'll forever remember your contribution(s) to the scientific community.

Re:God speed (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27932105)

mod parent up. Too much damn cynicism and not enough respect.

Re:God speed (5, Insightful)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932787)

She outlived her planet.

Re:God speed (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27932865)

Mod this one up too -- it manages to express both.

Re:God speed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27932959)

You're not the boss of me!

Re:God speed (3, Interesting)

syousef (465911) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933009)

She outlived her planet.

She outlived the classification of the body she named as a planet. You do realize that if the IAU called Pluto a Turnip (which sadly makes about as much sense as their definition of Planet) it would make no difference whatsoever to the body itself. The odds are pretty good that Pluto will outlive the human race.

Re:God speed (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27933719)

I thought it was funny. Thanks for ruining it.

Re:God speed (1)

BlueParrot (965239) | more than 5 years ago | (#27934203)

The odds are pretty good that Pluto will outlive the human species.

Fixed that for you. Sorry but that annoys me every time.

Re:God speed (1)

spacefiddle (620205) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933247)

Hey, at the rate we're going...

Re:God speed (2, Interesting)

ctmurray (1475885) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932947)

I agree. Tonight's shows on the Science HD channel was about the probe being sent to Pluto, and they brought up how the planet (now considered a dwarf officially) was named. Lots of interest in these outer objects as the belt where they come from may help explain more how our solar system was formed.

Farewell (1)

Requiem18th (742389) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933961)

Best regards to the family.

too bad (0)

catmistake (814204) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932089)

she lived to see it lose its planet status... couldn't those selfish astronomers, astrophysicists and cosmologists waited a few more years?

&&FP

Re:too bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27932303)

There's no room for that kind of sentimental behaviour in the realm of science.

Just Wow (4, Funny)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932111)

It got one thanks to an 11-year-old British girl named Venetia Burney, an enthusiast of the planets and classical myth. [...] she proposed to her well-connected grandfather that it be named Pluto, after the Roman god of the underworld.

Now THAT is a nerd's nerd. At the age of eleven, names a planet after a Roman god. I can just picture it now. "Grandfather, I rather think that naming it aaaafter the god Pluto might be the most appropriate course." Maybe I've seen too many Fruit Newton commercials, though.

Re:Just Wow (3, Insightful)

catmistake (814204) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932237)

Now THAT is a nerd's nerd. At the age of eleven, names a planet after a Roman god.

Not all that original, really... they're all named after Roman gods. Now if she had suggested "Loki" or perhaps "Hellboy," I'd call her my nerd.

Re:Just Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27933625)

I'd call her my nerd.

Dude, she's 11.

Re:Just Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27934403)

Dude, she's 11.

She was, Dude.

Re:Just Wow (1)

ShooterNeo (555040) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932995)

I misread your post as "after a Romulan God". Now THAT would be a nerd's nerd.

Re:Just Wow (4, Insightful)

syousef (465911) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933063)

Now THAT is a nerd's nerd. At the age of eleven, names a planet after a Roman god. I can just picture it now. "Grandfather, I rather think that naming it aaaafter the god Pluto might be the most appropriate course." Maybe I've seen too many Fruit Newton commercials, though.

These days the kid would never be allowed to read classic Greek Mythology at age 11 lest it damage their precious innocent psyche, or prompt them to go postal at school.

Re:Just Wow (2)

dunkelfalke (91624) | more than 5 years ago | (#27934471)

In the USSR at least, a book of classical Greek mythology was the most widespread children book.

greek underworld != christian hell (5, Informative)

panthroman (1415081) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932155)

TFA quotes Neil deGrasse Tyson saying "Pluto is the god of the underworld, a distant place you don't want to go to," and Capt. Freeman saying "Pluto is the prototype of Satan in many minds..."

The Greek underworld is more akin to the entire Christian afterlife. Sure, it had Hell-like Tartarus [wikipedia.org] , but it also had the Heaven-like Elysian Fields [wikipedia.org] (in French: Champs-Elysees), and plenty of places between.

And Pluto/Hades was certainly no Satan! In at least one myth, the brothers Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades drew lots to see who would rule the air, sea, and underworld. Zeus drew first and chose air. Poseidon was thrilled, because he wanted the sea anyway. And poor Hades was stuck with the underworld.

Also from TFA, "...scientists at the Lowell Observatory voted unanimously for Pluto, partly because its first two letters could be interpreted as an homage to Percival Lowell..." Very cool.

Re:greek underworld != christian hell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27932369)

So kind of like the christian's stories about heaven, but with beer and hookers? Now *that's* my idea of paradise!

Re:greek underworld != christian hell (3, Interesting)

Ian Alexander (997430) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932411)

And poor Hades was stuck with the underworld.

Yah, cause Satan is so thrilled with Hell [wikipedia.org] .

Maybe the link between Hell and Hades had to do with its portrayals in verse. I remember in the Odyssey, when Odysseus called up all the dead spirits trying to find Teiresias (or however the hell you spell it), NOBODY liked Hades, and from the sound of it he talked to like everybody who died in the Iliad and then some. Surely one or two of the people he talked to would have gone to the nicer spots out of random chance? Like maybe one of the Aiantes?

Re:greek underworld != christian hell (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932825)

Wait.. the main boulevard in France, the one they sing the song about, the one with the big arch over it.. is named after the greek underworld?

That's really creepy, when you think about it.

Re:greek underworld != christian hell (1)

frenchbedroom (936100) | more than 5 years ago | (#27934447)

I didn't know France was a city, I guess you meant the main boulevard in Paris ?

The Elysium Fields is the resting place of heroes, so I think it's a fitting name : the Arc de Triomphe has sculptures all over it, detailing the wars fought by France, and there's also the tomb of the Unknown Soldier (who died during WW1) at its foot.

Re:greek underworld != christian hell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27934323)

The Greek underworld is more akin to the entire Christian afterlife.

No. Odysseus summons Achilles from the world of the dead (Pluto's domain) who states that he would prefer to live the life of a slave than reign in death.

Yeah real tear jerker.. (0, Redundant)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932181)

but it's still not a planet [nationalgeographic.com] .

Sorry, karma burning a hole in my pocket

plutonic != platonic (5, Insightful)

panthroman (1415081) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932383)

Plutonic? [urbandictionary.com]

Astrological etymologies:
Mercurial - unpredictable temperment
Venereal - sexually indulgent
Lunatic - crazy
Martial - war-like
Saturnine - gloomy
Jovial - happy

But "nepotism" is from nephew, not Neptune. And "platonic" is from Plato, not Pluto.

Re:plutonic != platonic (0, Offtopic)

Arthur Grumbine (1086397) | more than 5 years ago | (#27934273)

You forgot:
Earthy - filled with dirt
Uranull - filled with urine

despite the fact (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27932397)

it was called Gaga by the sumerians 8000+ years ago until modern science rediscovered it and renamed it like it was unknown till then..

Re:despite the fact (3, Informative)

mister_playboy (1474163) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932567)

Neither Neptune nor Pluto are ever bright enough to be visible to the naked eye. In optimal conditions and near its opposition with Earth, Uranus can be visible to someone with excellent eyesight.

Re:despite the fact (4, Funny)

Thing 1 (178996) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932701)

[...] Uranus can be visible to someone with excellent eyesight.

or a couple of mirrors. Oh wait, your anus? That's visible to most anyone, mister playboy. :)

Re:despite the fact (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932819)

They changed that name to end that stupid joke years ago. Now we call it you're in us.

Re:despite the fact (1)

dwarfsoft (461760) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933025)

According to Futurama I thought it was Urectum.

Re:despite the fact (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933061)

Yes, but they did actually change it to be pronounce Urine us.

Re:despite the fact (2, Informative)

east coast (590680) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933013)

Neptune was not discovered via direct observation. It was discovered by abnormalities in Uranus' orbit.

Auden (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27932457)

Lost on a fog-bound spit of sand
In shoes that pinched me, across the strand
I hear the plosh of Charon's oar,
Who ferrys no one to a happy shore.

Planet X (2, Funny)

Repton (60818) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932469)

Don't they mean Planet IX?

Re:Planet X (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27932889)

Where the prescient robots come from?

What about Pluto Nash? (1)

Chessucat (143856) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932487)

What do we do about Pluto Nash?

Hulu! An evil Alien plot to destroy the world!

Makes one wonder (3, Funny)

mysidia (191772) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932513)

So where's the C&D letter against Disney for using the name she coined for a planet?

Surely it causes consumer confusion.. I mean, when I see titles like The Complete Pluto, Volume One [amazon.com] ; I expect a DVD authorized by the foundation or scientists who discovered the planet, and it to be about the planet.

But instead the proper trade name as assigned the Pluto brand planet is used with a piece of fiction in a manner that is not only confusing but dilutes the mark...

Re:Makes one wonder (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932841)

Umm, Pluto is eponymous. As long as they didn't try to trademark it, there's nothing wrong. The term being many centuries old would never have fallen under IP laws of the US or pretty much any other modern state.

Re:Makes one wonder (1)

FrostDust (1009075) | more than 5 years ago | (#27934437)

But instead the proper trade name as assigned the Pluto brand planet is used with a piece of fiction in a manner that is not only confusing but dilutes the mark...

I'm sure that billions of Plutonians have been sharing your sentiments for years, and have been trying to organize a lawsuit due to the irreparable damage caused to their estates.

Well, you say she died. (1)

FlyingSquidStudios (1031284) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932527)

I say we should call it a dwarf death...

Yuggoth (1)

anarkavre (904651) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932555)

"When I left Brattleboro I resolved never to go back to Vermont, and I feel quite certain I shall keep my resolution. Those wild hills are surely the outpost of a frightful cosmic race - as I doubt all the less since reading that a new ninth planet has been glimpsed beyond Neptune, just as those influences had said it would be glimpsed. Astronomers, with a hideous appropriateness they little suspect, have named this thing "Pluto." I feel, beyond question, that it is nothing less than nighted Yuggoth - and I shiver when I try to figure out the real reason why its monstrous denizens wish it to be known in this way at this especial time. I vainly try to assure myself that these daemoniac creatures are not gradually leading up to some new policy hurtful to the earth and its normal inhabitants."

Re:Yuggoth (1)

anarkavre (904651) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932573)

The girl must be one of the creatures from Yuggoth!

When I was your age... (4, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#27932783)

When I was your age, Pluto was Planet X!

-Venetia Phair

She wasn't original in her naming. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27932885)

So all she did was assign a name that already existed? Oh wow. Now if she had come up with some cool original name, now that would have been noteworthy. But all she did was choose some unused name on the list of Roman/Greek gods. For all we know she threw a dart at it, Pluto could have very well been named Xerxes.

Before anybody jumps to the conclusion (2, Funny)

NotSoHeavyD3 (1400425) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933081)

correlation does not imply causation, this is no proof that naming planets causes death. (Come on, someone had to say that, this is /.)

Re:Before anybody jumps to the conclusion (1)

iggymanz (596061) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933985)

dang! if it causes death 79 years later, great, I'm naming a planet! I'm 45, I'll be pissing on all your graves till 2088, bitches!

She just died now? (1)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933129)

She just died now? So her copyright is still valid for another 70 years! Quick, somebody sue the solar system!

Pluto IS a Planet (2, Informative)

laurele (1115971) | more than 5 years ago | (#27933977)

It should be noted that the IAUâ(TM)s controversial demotion of Pluto is very likely not the last word on the subject and in fact represents only one interpretation in an ongoing debate. Only four percent of the IAU voted on this, 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 NASAâ(TM)s New Horizons mission to Pluto. Stern and like-minded scientists favor a broader planet definition that includes any non-self-luminous spheroidal body in orbit around a star. The spherical part is important because objects become spherical when they attain a state known as hydrostatic equilibrium, meaning they are large enough for their own gravity to pull them into a round shape. This is a characteristic of planets and not of shapeless asteroids and Kuiper Belt Objects. Pluto meets this criterion and is therefore a planet.

X-Plainet! (2, Funny)

Ignatius D'Lusional (1010911) | more than 5 years ago | (#27934167)

Wait... so Pluto was called "Planet X" before it had a name, and it's no longer officially a planet?

So that means it used to be Planet X, but now it's an ex-planet!

My wife looked after her (4, Interesting)

hoofie (201045) | more than 5 years ago | (#27934303)

My wife [a senior nurse] came home from work one day about 4 years ago saying that she and her staff had been looking after an old lady on a ward at Epsom General Hospital. One of the surgeons pointed her out and said she was rather special since had named the planet Pluto. Apparently the old lady was very pleasant and polite but hadn't told anyone of her claim to fame.

Not really believing this story I googled a bit and found a name. My wife refused to tell me the name of the woman but when I said 'Venetia Phair' she was very surprised as she thought the whole thing was a massive wind-up.
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