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The Age: Solar system just got bigger

Sorry, kids. You'll no longer have to memorise the names of just nine planets. Apparently, there will soon be 12.

A committee of the International Astronomical Union, which decides such matters, voted unanimously today to add three worlds to our solar system's planetary population. More planets will be added later, astronomers said.

Little Pluto, which had been in peril of losing its place among the planets, keeps its status, but only in a new category of "plutons," distant oddballs wandering outside Neptune in weirdly shaped orbits.

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