must admit i very rarely participate in any discussions in this forum since i'm completely ignorant on the subject(s), but out of interest/curiosity the question must be asked: ...is Pluto really a planet? since the discovery of the new and (it seems) far more glorious Xena, err "Xenu"(sp?), also dubbed "the tenth planet" or "object number...something" , it seems like our poor old ninth planet pal has got even the most well-esteemed scientists turning the cold shoulder... sacrilegous whispers among those who usually (should) know these things say "pluto might just be an asteroid"...and, "if pluto had been discovered yesterday, it probably wouldn't have been classified as a planet"... ...are they right, or is everything relative and it's really a bit of both? or is this what the tabloids would label a "scientific hot potato"? oo-err the crowds have opinions, the wise ones too, let's hear them! i'm intrigued... !