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From planet to plutoid

Pluto and its kind get new name

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3:00pm, June 11, 2008

Pluto now has a family of its own, after astronomers have struggled for years to give it a place among its celestial brethren.

The International Astronomical Union announced June 11 that it has accepted the name plutoid to distinguish all dwarf planets lying beyond Neptune. Last summer, the members of the IAU Committee on Small Body Nomenclature, or CSBN, proposed classifying these objects under the new tit

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