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Pluto may be a planet again.

Post by cBm on Sat Oct 04, 2014 7:55 pm

So, apparently the debate over whether Pluto is a planet or not has been reignited, and scientists are again considering if Pluto could be considered a planet once more.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/02/tech/innovation/is-pluto-a-planet/

Pluto was demoted to a dwarf planet, leaving our solar system with just eight planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

The union says a planet is a celestial body (PDF) that:

1. Orbits the sun
2. Is round or nearly round
3. Has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit

Pluto orbits the sun, and it's round. It got kicked out as a planet because of rule No. 3: The astronomical union said Pluto was too small to knock other space rocks out of its path as it orbits the sun.

But the group's definitions -- and the public's attachment to tiny Pluto -- sparked lots of debate. On September 18, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics jumped into the debate: What is a planet? It had some experts discuss the definition of a planet and then let the audience vote. Guess what? They voted that Pluto is a planet.

One person who never accepted Pluto's demotion is Alan Stern, principal investigator for the New Horizons spacecraft, the first spacecraft sent to Pluto. He said Pluto was given the boot because of its distance from the sun.

"In fact, if you put Earth where Pluto is, it would be excluded!" Stern said. "Any definition of planethood that excludes Earth, in any circumstance, is deeply flawed. After all, if there is any object everyone agrees is a planet, it's Earth."

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Post by MinifigDesigner on Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:43 am

VIVA LA PLUTO

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