Just heard that Pluto got kicked to the curb. It’s really all for the best – there’s really nothing special about it. School textbooks will deal just fine with it – actually, it should promote discussion of the planets and get more kids aware of what’s out there. And it’s not as if this is the first time this kind of thing has happened: Ceres, a particularly large asteroid between Mars and Jupiter, was considered to be a planet for about fifty years back in the 1800s.
Go international science community! Thank goodness they resisted the Pluto lobby. I’m sure Disney’ll lodge a lawsuit any day now.