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Planet politics

How I tried -- and failed -- to save Pluto

By Owen Gingerich
September 3, 2006

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NAMING HAS ALWAYS been a tricky business in astronomy. When Galileo discovered four ``planets" accompanying Jupiter, he intended to name them ``Medicean stars," after his hoped-for patron. He got the job, but lost on the names. Kepler introduced the word ``satellites," and Medicean never stuck. (Full article: 1248 words)

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