Daily Doom 3/9/09

Once again we present our weekly feature in which we share stories of doom and general strangeness, culled from the far reaches of the internet. 

Above and Beyond

  • Illinois Declares Pluto a Planet. Surprise surprise, Pluto was discovered by a man born in Illinois. The Illinois legislature then goes on to make the erroneous claim that Pluto is the only “planet” discovered by Americans. In retaliation, the other 49 states are declaring objects to be planets willy-nilly, including [Eris](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eris_(dwarf_planet)), [Ceres](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceres_(dwarf_planet)), and the Death Star (which is neither a moon nor a planet and rather, as most astronomers agree, a fictional space station.)
  • Asteroid barely misses Earth. As opposed to most stories of these sort that take place hundreds of years down the road this sounds like an actual “close call.” Not that we [couldn’t see this coming](http://www.theonion.com/content/opinion/do_we_really_want_another_black), right?

Silly things you can buy

Terrifying Animal News

Military Issues

YouTube Video of the week

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) – the body that originally declared Pluto not a planet – is having its triennial meeting this August. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for more Pluto news. The jury’s still out on Sedna, Quaoar, and Vesta – not to mention the definition of exoplanet and their naming conventions.

Oh, and btw Ceres was considered a planet when first discovered. It was the solution to the apparent gap in Bode’s Law. Until they realized it was one of thousands, and that Bode’s Law was bunk.

Those damned revisionist astronomers, retconning the solar system!

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