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Astronomers have given the new name of Pluto

June 17 2008
05:40

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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