In article <37A52CEB.A8F7CC8A@ibm.net>, Spike Jones <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Wow. Cool. I must say though, last time I checked
> > the moon wasn't a planet.....
> Ja, well, why not?
Because it isn't.
The topic was hashed out some time ago on rec.arts.sf.science, when there was some concern that Pluto would lose its status as planet (which it hasn't, btw). Conclusion: Planets are those celestial bodies that are *defined* by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to be planets.
-- Christian "naddy" Weisgerber email@example.com