Enumeration: The Last Straw
Poor, poor Pluto, I knew him well.
He once was a planet, now of that he's barely a shell.
With a quorum of a hundred or maybe a hundred times three
the IAU voted and with grins of glee,
sent my poor planet Pluto off to Minor Planet hell.
As of September 2006, Pluto has registered with the IAU's Minor Planet Center. Unlike the Major Planets, registration and enumeration are required for Minor Planets. "Yet another layer of humiliation and repression," lamented a depressed (1) Ceres, "We Minor Planets all know you Terrans just want to visit planets and moons, not us numbered rocks. Once we've been numbered and cataloged, it's pretty much all over."
As a registered minor planet, Pluto is now officially a number -- 134340. It's name now apparently superfluous. Very sad news. Pluto was unavailable for comment.