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Friday, March 6, 2009

Pluto's Status as a Planet Revolved

My mystery of yesterday,Why didn't we ask Pluto if she wanted to be in the United Planets?, was answered in part by the senior legislative body of Illinois, herewith:

RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE OF THE NINETY-SIXTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that as Pluto passes overhead through Illinois’ night skies, that it be reestablished with full planetary status, and that March 13, 2009 be declared “Pluto Day” in the State of Illinois in honor of the date its discovery was announced in 1930.

It seems the discoverer of Pluto was an Illinois native and the state took official offense at Pluto's demotion, though the Wikipedia article says he was a Kansan at the time of the discovery, so, maybe Illinois overstepped its bounds a bit. Perhaps Kansas and Illinois should convene a joint session to resolve this. The Illinois Senate must have had their own joint session....never mind.

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