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Astronomers have given the new name of Pluto

June 17 2008

The International Astronomical Union (IAU), two years after the decision, "demote" Pluto from full planet to "dwarf" has decided to introduce a special term for these Pluto celestial bodies. Now they should be called Plutoid.

In a press release MAS said that the new term has already been approved by the executive committee of the Union, meeting in Oslo.

"Plutoid - is orbiting the Sun celestial bodies, semi-major axis of the orbit is greater than that of Neptune, and having a mass sufficient to have a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape," - said in a press release, RIA Novosti .

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