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How many planets are in our solar system and what are they called?

As i'm playing FFXI and waiting for a party, I'm reduced to reading up on our solar system to keep myself entertained. I have spotted some articles saying our Solar system now has 12 planets. Some say 8. Some articles are new, some are old. I feel like a moron and am confused. I just mainly need solid opinions a more updated answers.

Asked By: Princess Ashe - 10/24/2010
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The IAU considers the following as planets (or "Classical Planets''); Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune In addition the IAU considers the following as "dwarf planets"; Ceres Pluto Eris MakeMake Haumea NASA has little say in what to classify a planet, that's the IAU's job.
Answered By: Roy - 10/24/2010
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Mercury. Venus. Earth. Mars. Jupiter. Saturn. Uranus. (Tee-Hee) Neptune. Those are all the planets. Though there are other things such as dwarf planets. Also large moons, like Jupiter has. All in all, as of current day, our solar system has 8 official planets.
Answered By: Zach - 10/24/2010
 
Zach is mostly right. When I was in school we learned that there were 9 planets. He left off Pluto. There's some debate whether or not Pluto should be classified as a planet or not. If the solar system has 12 planets, then that's news to me and probably a lot of astronomers as well.
Answered By: Simon R - 10/24/2010
 
I have heard 13 and some people think that beings from the like 12th planet came here and screwed with our DNA, some people think we have prehistoric proof. I almost wanted to say LOL but I don't know enough to contradict the idea.
Answered By: ∞∞∞∞∞∞There are no answers∞∞∞∞∞∞ - 10/24/2010
 
There are eight Planets, plus several of what are known as "Trans-neptunian objects", or "dwarf planets", which include Pluto, Eris (Which is actually larger than Pluto, and incidentally what initially sparked the debate over what classifies a planet), Makemake and Haumea. Ceres, in the asteroid belt between Mars... More
Answered By: Tristan's War On Ignorance - 10/24/2010
 
Mercury... More
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Answered By: oklatonola - 10/24/2010
 
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