In cosmic terms, Pluto had a short life as a planet. Discovered on this day in 1930, it was named for the Roman god of the underworld because it was the farthest planet from the sun. This made it great material for astrologers: from the depths of the underworld to the most distant planet in the heavens – Pluto could be transformative.
Then the bad news came: on August 24, 2006, astronomers demoted Pluto to a “dwarf planet.” Pluto the Planet, dead at 79.
This day is still special, though. Thirty years ago, my son was born.