It all started with Pluto …where will it end? February 2, 2009Posted by jcconwell in Astronomy, planets.
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Astronomers Declare February No Longer a Month
Emboldened by their success in declaring Pluto not a planet,
the International Astronomical Union determined this week by
a close vote that February is too short to be considered a
true month. It has, however, been granted the newly-created
status of “dwarf month.” It shares this dubious distinction
with several other calendar time spans, including Labor Day
Weekend, Christmas Vacation, and the Time Between When You
Were Supposed to Get Your Oil Changed and When You Actually
“It only seems fair,” said IAU President Ron Eckers.
“February reaches a peak size of 29 days, averaging only 28
days for 75 percent of the time. Recent research has shown
that other periods, such as the Time Between When You Were
Supposed to Get Your Oil Changed and When You Actually Did,
often exceed this meager time frame. In fact, this erratic
behavior only strengthens our case that February does not
belong in the same classification as the eleven ‘true’
Eckers also warned that the crop of 30-day “so-called”
months should be careful to maintain their number of days.
“They’re already cutting it pretty close in my book.”