Poor Pluto. Just got the boot. But I guess it somewhat makes sense, since his name is classically associated with the underworld and death. His passing away was inevitable.
The demotion is going to cause all sorts of problems for sixth grade science curriculum.
Among other implications, Thursday’s new definition means students will have to find a new way of remembering how the planets are arranged in order from the sun.
The old mnemonic device of “Mark’s Very Extravagant Mother Just Sent Us Ninety Parakeets” helped them recall that the order was Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
I had never heard that mnemonic; I had just learned the names. What a rip off.