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Isn’t it about time astronomers abandoned the word “planet”? It’s become almost meaningless in the light of recent discoveries.

Pluto has been relegated to “small planet-like thing” while objects beyond the classical solar system turn out to be more planety than some of the actual planets, and most recently a moon, is now being touted as a planet. Add those really big asteroids and planetisimals to the equation and it makes you wonder whether our lexicographical feet will ever feel terra firma again.

Freelance science journalist for more than 1/4 century. Author of the bestseller Deceived Wisdom. Sharp-shooting photographer and wannabe rock god.
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