Pluto, quit pretending you’re a planet already. You are not fooling anybody.
Did you think we’d be impressed when the Hubble Telescope so conveniently discovered you have a fourth moon?
You weren’t a planet when you had three moons, and nothing has been changed by adding another flying fragment with poles no farther apart than the distance I drive to work.
It isn’t even big enough to deserve a mythological name. If there’s any justice the four moons of Pluto will end up being called Charon, Nix and Hydra and Spot.
If we’re reporting on astronomy news, now, why haven’t we mentioned that the Dawn spacecraft has slipped into orbit of the asteroid, Vesta? The first photos have been released. Vesta looks something like other asteroids we’ve seen, but its much larger, and has some quite peculiar features. Like one flat face, with a bulbous nose in the middle. You might want to look here –
The late Robert Anton Wilson used to write that the planets in order would be Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Mickey, and Goofy.
Jerry Pournelle recently weighed in on this topic at Chaos Manor: