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Meet the Nominees

Dwarves and plutons deserve recognition, too. That's the view of an International Astronomical Union panel, which has recommended that three more celestial bodies be officially added to the solar system's eight classical planets -- all discovered before 1900 -- and Pluto (which is also a dwarf and a pluton). The three are:

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Vikki Valentine
Vikki Valentine is a senior supervising editor on NPR's science desk. She oversees the network's health coverage across broadcast and digital platforms. Previously, Valentine was the network's climate change, energy, and environment editor and in this role was a recipient of a 2012 DuPont Award for coverage of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania.