…yes I remember when they came out in 2006 about Pluto not being a planet anymore. I was just laughing about it. Well, dear experts, it is not about size, it is about energy. Pluto up there, of course, don’t care about silly decisions of the earthlings. Pluto was, is and always will be a planet.
End of discission.
Should Pluto be a planet again? Panel votes to reinstate ninth world of the solar system in unofficial debate
- Pluto lost its status as a planet in 2006 when other bodies of a similar size were found in the solar system
- Last week, during a debate at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, people voted to reinstate its planet status
- Three experts gave their arguments for and against Pluto being a planet
- Audience members then voted on which argument they thought was best
- The vote isn’t official, but highlights the public continued disapproval of Pluto’s demotion to ‘dwarf planet’ status
- In July, the New Horizons craft will become the first mission to visit Pluto
In 2006, Pluto lost its status as a planet when other bodies in the solar system of similar or greater size were found.
The decision to demote it to a ‘dwarf planet’ by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) at the time was highly contentious – and it now seems many still want its planet status reinstated.
In a debate where experts presented cases for and against the decision, it was found that most people in the audience still wanted Pluto to be a planet.
In a debate held last week at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics in Massachusetts most people still wanted Pluto to be a planet. Three experts gave their arguments for and against Pluto being a planet and audience members then gave their decision – with most wanting Pluto to still be a planet (shown)
The debate was held last week at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.