Thoughts on the planet debate
The weeks leading up to the historic IAU vote on 24 August were quite
chaotic and circus-like for astronomers and those who follow what they
do. Here are some of my postings leading up the final vote:
the debate about how to define planets
coincident with the IAU announcement
of the initial [failed] proposal:
My New York Times op-ed piece
Commentary on the proposed IAU definition
How many planets are there if everything round is a planet?
during the meeting an insurgency
formed which floated a counter proposal:
Astronomers are revolting!
The insurgency suceeds in overthrowing
the initial proposal and wins the day:
The eight planets: an explanation