Below is the poem entitled SIDE EFFECT OF PLUTO'S DEMOTION which was written by poet
Boak. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.
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It was called a planet when I was young
Placed in the Milky Way after the "big bang"
Pluto is the Roman's underworld god
Hades to the Greek now that isn't really bad
Discovered by American Clyde Tombaugh in 1930
At that time to be called a planet it was deemed worthy
Seventy six years later they suddenly decided
From the nine planets Pluto should be booted
It is just poor little Pluto's very sad fate
Because the planets now are no longer nine but eight
Because the IAU members have voted on the motion
Now the small planet has gotten a demotion
Now Textbooks worldwide would have to be reprinted
Governments to the cost of reprinting will be subjected
Because Pluto is small the educational world will be affected
The old teachings about the planets will now have to be corrected
Older people will have to do some "unlearning"
Science teachers would have to do a lot of re-explaining
But on this matter it's the IAU that has a say
So we just have to obey and do things their way
I personally don't see why it is important to reclassify Pluto but I do see it's effect
on the education budget of third world countries. The Philippines for one have no
budget for textbook printing until 2010 and so the correction will have to wait until
that time. Meanwhile it is up to the teachers to remember. God help the kids who
rely on textbooks for knowledge.
But it has been done, was finalized on the 24th of August 2006.
Pluto have now been demoted to a Dwarf Planet
If you want to read more about it, just check it on the net-JEB