Thoughts on the planet debate

Mike Brown

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:

early days:
  A moderately technical paper on 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 of "planet"
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