Today, you are a member of… My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine (dwarf) Pies

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Yes, you are a member of a solar system with eight planets, three dwarf planets and thousands of maruading comets and asteroids residing (until they get antsy) inside the Kuiper Belt. When speaking of the demoted planet, the International Astronomical Union prefers you stick to the ratified title of DWARF. But as a member, you’re allowed to dream of Pluto in terms of its sexy, though unofficial, nom de guerre: “trans-Neptunian object.” It joins Ceres (the largest asteroid) and UB 313/Xena (another “object”) as they orbit around the sun without hogging the road or taking too seriously the conformist gravitational aesthic of being perfectly spherical. Welcome to the new plutonian age.

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