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Pluto, “Weak”.

Not that I am for Pluto inclusion in the planetary family… I just keep running into these references to the Plutonian contreversy.

9 Responses to “Pluto, “Weak”.”

  1. Gordan Says:

    Haha, nice one!

  2. Laurel Kornfeld Says:

    Pluto SHOULD be included in the planetary family. It is spherical, meaning it is in a state known as hydrostatic equilibrium, where it is pulled into a round shape by its own gravity. This is a characteristic of planets and not of shapeless asteroids and Kuiper Belt Objects. The IAU demotion was done by only four percent of its members, most of whom are not planetary scientists, and was immediately opposed by hundreds of professional astronomers led by Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto.

  3. thomas Says:

    perhaps, but then we would have to also include ceres, sedna and i think up to 6 others recently discovered. not that its a bad thing… but i think the idea of having 16 planets vs. 8 is what made people think twice.

  4. Ben Says:

    I’m actually wearing that shirt right now.

  5. Gordan Says:

    If only Pluto’s orbit wasn’t in a resonance with Neptune, it’d have been ejected far into the Kuiper belt a long time ago. Just like all the other bodies that undoubtedly formed in similar orbits to Pluto’s. We’d have none of this tiresome argument nowadays.

    This sentimentalism about Pluto’s status is frankly puzzling to me, regardless of whether the IAU decision was justified or not. One can argue all day about inventing rules by which it classifies as a planet just as one can make equally valid rules on why it doesn’t qualify. In the end it doesn’t matter, even Ceres was once regarded as a planet, only to naturally stop being called one once similar objects were discovered. How come noone’s crying for reinstating poor little Ceres?

  6. Kristen Says:

    Do you know where I can buy a shirt like that??

  7. thomas Says:

    Yes: http://chopshopstore.com/index.php/teeshirts/mens/solarsystem.html

  8. Henry Says:

    So, what do you call Pluto? That’s right, a “dwarf planet.” But, it’s not a planet?! Sure seems to stretch the English language, much less science.

    If you swapped Mercury and Pluto, Pluto would become a planet and Mercury would cease to be one. Make scientific sense?

    The IAU spent a year with a committee that recommended making Pluto and Ceres and Eris dwarf planets. The last day of the 2006 IAU convention, in a rush, the 3% of remaining delegates came up with the brilliant, “Let’s make all dwarf planets not planets.”

    All they had to do was call the other eight “major planets.” That would make a lot more sense and not try to create an artificial, non-scientific definitions just to exclude some planets in the solar system.

  9. thomas Says:

    It is a dwarf planet, like Ceres, Eric, Sedna… the list goes on. Who cares? I am happy to have a whole new fascinating class of bodies as New Horizons has revealed at Pluto. If anything, I hate that the average person knows all about boring old Mercury but has never even heard of Titan, Europa or Enceladus… simply because they revolve around a planet instead of a star. It doesn’t matter how they are classified — it matters how fascinating they are. If it were up to sentimentality alone, I would classify Io, Europa, Titan, Pluto, Enceladus, Ganymede, Triton all as planets and kick out Mercury!

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