Now it’s time to plan a party because Pluto may be rejoining the big leagues as a planet! Whoooo! It’s only natural, since Pluto was a planet for more than half of my life.
A group of members of the New Horizons mission to Pluto are making the case to redefine what constitutes as a planet to be more inclusive. The proposed definition would reinstate Pluto as a planet, and grant planetary status to the Earth’s moon and more than 100 other celestial bodies in our solar system.
Kirby Runyon of Johns Hopkins University is reigniting the debate over Pluto’s planetary status at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston on Tuesday.
First discovered and classified as a planet in 1930, Pluto had its planetary status dragged out from under its cosmic feet in 2006 because there appeared to be other objects like Pluto beyond the eighth planet (Neptune). Pluto was thus demoted to a “dwarf planet.”
“[Pluto has] everything going on on its surface that you associate with a planet,” Runyon said in a statement. “… There’s nothing non-planet about it.”
Since Pluto’s demotion, debate over whether Pluto deserves to be classified as a planet or not has raged in the scientific community.
The demotion of the planet is quite simply “bulls***,” Alan Stern, principal investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto, told Business Insider in 2015.
That’ll I need to know! Pluto is on the fast track back as one of our beloved nine!
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