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Pluto The International Astronomical Union or IAU was highly critisized for the rumor that Plutos status as one of the nine planets of our solar system might be changed The reports indicated that the IAU was planning to reclassify Pluto as a minor planet or what is known as a trans-Neptunian object This caused a large stir in the astronomical community as well as making the New York times New Yorks new Rose Center for Earth and Space adopted this theory brought out by the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge Massachusetts as well as other groups When it came out that Pluto was not considered one of the official planets in the exhibit the New York Times ran the headline Pluto Not a Planet Only in New York this caused a firestorm of media reports and attention focused on the IAU This prompted a press realese from the IAU to carify their position In this press release Johannes Andersen the General Secretary of the IAU tried to clarify what was going on with the status of Pluto The IAU had and explanation for the recent allegations of wanting to change Plutos status as a planet Lately a substantial number of smaller objects have been discovered in the outer solar system beyond Neptune with orbits and possibly other properties similar to those of Pluto It has been proposed to assign Pluto a number in a techinical catalogue or list of such Trans-Neptunian ObjectsTNOs so that observations and computations concerning these objects can be convenietly collated This process was explicitly designed to not change Plutos status as a planet IAU Press Release 1399 The press release also stated No proposal to change the status of Pluto as the ninth planet in the solar system has been made by any Division Commission or Working Group of the IAU responsible for solar system scienceIAU Press Release 1399 I do not agree with the attempt to reclassify Pluto
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