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Pluto is Now Just a Number: 134340 (SPACE.com / LiveScience.com)
Populux | September 12, 2006 at 11:51 pmby
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Ker Than Staff Writer SPACE.com Mon Sep 11, 6:15 PM ET Pluto has been given a new name to reflect its new status as a dwarf planet. On Sept. 7, the former 9th planet was assigned the asteroid number 134340 by the Minor Planet Center (MPC), the official organization responsible for collecting data about asteroids and comets in our solar system. The move reinforces the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) recent decision to strip Pluto of its planethood and places it in the same category as other ...