astroengine writes: "Earlier this year, asteroid hunters using the Pan-STARRS telescope system on Maui discovered 16 near-Earth asteroids in one night. Using the International Astronomical Union (IAU) definition of what a planet constitutes, it would appear that our world cannot "clear its own orbit." In fact, it's looking as if the density of rocky bodies in the inner solar system may be higher than the Kuiper belt! Does this mean Pluto was wrongly demoted? Or should we reclassify our world to a "Blue Dwarf"?"
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