Saturday, September 09, 2006

Pluto's rePublic

The Smithsonian Institution has a nice set of markers along the National Mall, starting in front of the National Air & Space Museum. The markers provide information about the planets in our solar system, including Pluto, and are spaced proportionally to their mean distance from the sun. Pluto's marker is a long way down the street, in front of the original Smithsonian castle.

Members of the public left condolences at the marker following Pluto's demotion to a dwarf planet by the IAU. Details of the notes at the base of the marker are available here.

I reported on Pluto's status change in the post Planet Status Resolved.

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