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Bigger Solar System?

Largest known Kuiper Belt objectsRecent discoveries of Pluto-sized worlds have caused heated debates over the term “planets”. The committee of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has gathered at the General Assembly in Prague to resolve this issue.

A highly controversial definition is currently gaining broad support. If it is adopted, the tally of planets in our solar system will be increased well above the current nine by including Ceres, Charon, 2003 UB313 and potentially many other trans-Neptunian objects (See picture – click on it for a larger view).

The General Assembly will last till 25 August 2006. Do stay tune for the latest updates.

Link: Science Daily
Image: NASA
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