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Without Pluto, what is the new planet mnemonic device?

During the 10 a.m. hour on today's Daily Circuit, we'll air our interview with Mike Brown, the astronomer who "killed" Pluto. His discovery in 2005 of a first-thought-to-be-tenth-planet, Eris, was later demoted to a "dwarf planet" - along with our loved Pluto.

I remember learning the planets in school with the mnemonic device --- "My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pies" --- but the 'pies' is now gone! We have but eight planets in the solar system.

Surely, in the past five years, the nation's school teachers and school children have developed the new mnemonic device to learn the planets, in order from the sun.

So, what are they? And if you don't know of any 'official' such learning aid, invent your own.... here and now.

-Tom Weber

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