Happy Pluto Day, Illinois!

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">Clyde Tombaugh poses with the telescope through which he discovered the planet Pluto, at the Lowell Observatory on Observatory Hill in Flagstaff, Ariz., 1931.  &#40;AP Photo&#47;File&#41;</span></div>
March 13, 2009 9:58:57 AM PDT
Illinois is celebrating its first Pluto Day! Pluto is a planet once again-- but only in this state.The Illinois State Senate adopted a resolution on February 26 to return Pluto to its planet status. The legislature voted Pluto was 'unfairly downgraded' to dwarf planet status in 2006.

According to the rest of the world, Pluto remains a dwarf planet.

Pluto was discovered by a Streator, Ill. astronomer in 1930. Pluto Day celebrates the planet, as well as Dr. Clyde Tombaugh, on March 13.

The resolution is posted online: ilga.gov


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