In The Field

IAU: anyone seen an upset american?

A television crew, just before the ceremony started, was looking for a miserable American.

Pluto may be about to lose its planet status. Surely protecting this body’s planethood would be a matter of pride for citizens of the United States? Pluto, after all, was discovered at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, by the American Clyde Tombaugh.

The astronomer the reporter asked in front of me said “no, not really”. We’ve had lots of ’no’s, the reporter replied. She then raised her voice to ask if there were any upset Americans in the area. Now, I did see someone waving a picture of Pluto the Disney dog somewhere near the front…


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