Sunday, January 04, 2009
The Battle for Planet Pluto Redux
Entrance to the Lowell Observatory.
Mark V. Sykes, director of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, hopes to get the 2006 ruling by the the International Astronomical Union (IAU) meeting in Prague overturned at the next general assembly meeting of the group to be held in Rio de Janeiro in August reports The Indpendent, UK [video] and [Sykes commentary]. This debate will certainly be one of the most significant planetary battles of 2009.
First discovered at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona by young astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, Pluto was officially named and labeled as the ninth planet by the International Astronomical Union in 1930. Its name was based on the Roman god of the underworld, Hades and also rumored to be the initials of the man who carved the path to discovery: Percival Lowell (P.L.uto).