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

  • Julie

    Tour very educated mother could serve you “Nachos” or “Noodles”, though I really like “My Vicious Earthworm Might Just Swallow Us Now”.

  • Julie

    Your well schooled mom could serve you “nachos” or “noodles”, but I like “My Vicious Earthworm Might Just Swallow Us Now.”

  • John Pastor

    My Very Evil Mother Just Served Us Nothing

  • Martin

    My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pies.

    Pluto is still a Planet. as much as the Earth is.

    In fact by your standards I argue there are four planets in our solar system, well maybe just One.

  • Christian

    I am still lamenting the demotion of Ceres.

    But I suppose, on account of tradition, we could always go back to the ancient definition of planet and include the Sun and the Moon.

  • Christian

    Were we to include Pluto then lets allow the rest: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Ceres, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake, Eris

  • Brianne

    I was always taught, “Mary’s Violet Eyes Make John Stay Up Nights Planning.” I guess John just doesn’t get to plan anymore.