Why was Pluto downgraded to a dwarf planet?

Matt Francis

Many people will remember the controversy generated back in 2006 when the reclassification of Pluto took place. Pluto’s place as a planet at this point had been questioned since the Seventies. Other objects had been found in the Solar System of a comparable size and these objects weren’t classified as planets.

In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) met and redefined exactly what ‘planet’ meant. It was decided that Pluto did not fit within that definition and so it was added to the new classification of dwarf planet. To qualify as a planet an object must orbit

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Algeria to Return MiG-29SMTs

ALGERIA HAS reached agreement with Russia to return 15 MiG-29s delivered in 2006/7. Mikhail Dmitriev, head of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Co-operation, held talks on February 6 with Algerian armed forces chief of staff Salah Ahmed Gaid about their return.

In 2006, Algeria ordered 28 MiG-29SMT-2s and six MiG-29UBTs through Rosoboronexport (see More Details Announced on Algerian Arms Deals, May 2006, p26). Delivery of the MiG-29UBTs was completed in 2007. However, MiG-29SMT-2 deliveries were halted last May (see Algerian MiG-29SMT Deliveries Halted, September 2007, p28), after 15 had arrived, Algeria citing use of used or sub-standard components as

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Young Social Democrats reminded of fasting A.Kozulin

These shares are demanding the release A.Kozulin planned in Minsk near Bangalore Square, Orel Street, near the circus grounds and park in the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution.Young Social Democrats believe dedicate anniversary hunger strike pickets A. Kazulin. • A.Kozulin "Excellent feel like life vorachivaetsya the body", 12.12.2006 • Alexander Kozulin began a hunger strike 20.10.2006

R. van der Linden: It is time to find out the truth about the murder G.Palitkovskay

"The murder of Anna Palikovskay, 1st of the more courageous Russian journalists who had specific assault on democracy. It must not go unpunished. Again I urge Russian authoritiesdo their best to reach the truth, and the Russian parliament — look closely the progress of the investigation, "according to the appeal.Anna Politkovskaya. 1958 — 2006. Photo Gallery, 6.10.2007 October 7 — the anniversary of the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, 6.10.2007 Anniversary of the murder of Politkovskaya, "People have lost their chance to find out the truth about Chechnya", 4.10.2007 Our homeland more unsafe for journalists after Iraq and Algeria, 12.10.2006

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October 7 — the anniversary of the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya

Anna Politkovskaya remembered in almost all the "hot spots" of, where she wrote her article for "The latest newspaper." Is it not more likely Anna Politkovskaya wrote about the bloody war in the Caucasus, murders, mass violations Human Rights, about 2-military campaign in Chechnya, the Ossetian-Ingush conflict of Beslan catastrophe.Says Managing the organizing committee for the restoration of the area Dagestan Avhavskaga Movladi Saipav:Saipav "There were manyNumerical stripping. She openly expressed their worldview in Hasavyurtse when planted innocent people, it protects their rights. And no one feared. Special operations, it climbed to the bullets. Caucasus appreciate the courage and bravery

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Anna Politkovskaya. 1958 — 2006. Photo Gallery

PHOTO GALLERYOctober 7 — the anniversary of the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, 6.10.2007 Anniversary of the murder of Politkovskaya, "People have lost their chance to find out the truth about Chechnya", 4.10.2007 Our homeland more unsafe for journalists after Iraq and Algeria, 12.10.2006 "Anna was the only one who read the truth about fears in Chechnya …", 11.10.2006

Ira Kozulin — public editor of the week (Photo Gallery)

PHOTO GALLERYIra Kazulina: "Do not hide your own disease. I — for openness ", 5.10.2007 Ira Kazulina: "I will be happy only when hug wife at home …", 5.10.2007 Ira Kazulina: "I appreciate nezapragramavanyh — for example, Skrabets …", 4.10.2007 Ira Kazulina: "The websites I am impressed comments — many insults …", 3.10.2007 Online conference with Ira Kazulina, 14.07.2006 One day a family of political prisoner Alyaksandr Kozulin, 10.07.2006

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Belarus Economy at a Glance: January-June 2007

Gross domestic product (January-June) +8.6% (compared with the corresponding period 2006)Supplies of finished products (January-June) +34.4% (compared with 31 December 2006)Currency incomes (January-May) +17.2% (compared with the corresponding period 2006)Rising prices for products and services (January-June) +3.6% Growth of gold supplies (January-May) 961 million bucksThe total volume of gold supplies (June 1) 2000000000 344 million bucksDynamics of foreign trade balance productsJanuary: $ -362 million in February: — $ 855 million in March: $ -659 million in April: $ -1162 million in May: $ -1450 million Cost of gas (January-June) — 100 bucks for a thousand cubic metersAlmost paid the price

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Activists of the Movement For Freedom fired from his job

A Vladimir Gridina, former employee "Belarusbank" dismissed for a meeting with Alexander Milinkevich, three times denied reinstatement. It is reported by the press service of the former presidential candidate Milinkevich.One of the founders of the "Movement" For Freedom "Alexey worked as an engineer on board mill Chashniki" reddish star. " After checking the Department of Justice in the Vitebsk region reality signatures members of the constituent assembly, "the Movement" For Freedom "ideological department Chashniksky executive committee did not like that an employee of the municipal enterprise support Milinkevich.Plant manager had offer young person layoff, even despite the fact that Alex

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