Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pluto's Children

Pluto has been classified as a Dwarf Planet by a poll of astronomers . . . although I'm not sure that a poll is the spirit of the scientific method . . . and it has been removed from the roster of Nine, that is now Eight, planets that circle the Sun.

But he is still a lord of the Darkling Skies holding the gates to the Deep Gulf, that region of Emptiness that lies between the Kuiper Belt and the Sun. He has many sons, smaller lords that cling to his side, holding evil's darkness at bay; Pluto's sons are named thusly: Charon, Hydra and Nix.

Fourth and fifth sons were discovered not so many years ago and in another poll it has been voted to name them Vulcan and Cerebus. Both of these moons are less than 20 miles in diameter. They circle their lord every 30 odd days, keeping watch or waging war as the circumstances dictate.

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