An asteroid?? Well, yes. It seems that the rules which decide what’s a planet and what’s a pluton and what’s just space trash are rather fluid. Like the rather changeable definitions of psychiatric diagnoses, the designation “planet” has some political undertones. Thus, the IAU, at its conference in Prague, will decide on August 24th whether or not these upstarts will be added to the list of planets, forcing billions of school children to devise new mnemonics for remembering a newly enlarged planetary system. Bummer.
To get the details on the fluid definition of what makes up a planet, and to keep up on the outcome of the vote, be sure to read Bad Astronomy Blog.
Hat tip: Josh Reviews Everything via “The Carnival of the Capitalists” at The Business of America is Business blog. If you haven’t been following the carnival, you might want to look in. I'll bet you can't hit just one link. For instance, there’s an intriguing entry entitled “How a Bad Boss Improves Your Career” and another on France’s reliance on hand-writing samples in choosing employees, and yet another on why you don't need money to start a business.
The Capitalists’ Carnival has the most intriguing entries of any blog grouping I’ve seen. But then that’s the entrepreneurial — and social — nature of business.