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Planetary Vacillation (February 28, 2008 - 5:21 p.m.)

So what the heck?? Suddenly, we now have eleven planets???

When did this happen? First we had nine, then we had eight because, in order to maintain the illusion of relevance, NASA decided that Pluto didn't count. Now, we are counting Pluto and two other dwarf planets so we have eleven??

I'm so confused.

Some kid has won an award for creating a mnemonic to remember the names of all of them.

The device is actually pretty good. You can read the story HERE, assuming that link works.

Anyway, here's the mnemonic device...

My Very Exciting Magic Carpet Just Sailed Under Nine Palace Elephants.

The names are as follows: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres(?), Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus (how are we pronouncing it this year??), Neptune, Pluto, and Eris (?).

Congrats to the kid, but can we please make up our minds how many we have? I think it's a scam by textbook publishers. You know, so they can sell new textbooks every time they announce a new planet or deduct one.

What happens when they decide Earth isn't a planet?? Heh.

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