On the Subject of Pluto

ninthtravelingman:

The second sentence of this post is going to anger some of you.

Pluto is a dwarf planet, not a planet.

That thing that everyone is blogging and getting excited about?  It came from a public debate about Pluto’s planetary status, followed by a vote.  The people who voted, mostly folk in no way connected to astronomical sciences, voted that Pluto is a planet.

It’s like going to a TOS panel at a Trek convention and asking them to vote what the best series is.  The results are not only weighted, but also entirely opinion.

See, Pluto’s status isn’t a matter of public opinion.  It’s based on the IAU’s definition of what makes a planet a planet.  And, as much as people want Pluto to be considered a planet, it isn’t.  Neither are Ceres, Eris, Haumea, and Makemake.

I understand the nostalgic desire to call Pluto a planet, but this is a matter of science.  Simply put, Pluto isn’t distinct enough from the other Kuiper Belt Objects to be thought of as a planet.  And if it were, almost every asteroid in the solar system would be, too. 

aaliyah1979-2001:

valiantparadox:

My roommate and I have had far too much coffee and I think our neighbors hate us

WHO DID THIS

lesbiangrandmas:

randomfandomteacher:

heretical-hypothetical:

artigosaurus:

queen-of-dork:

i-am-a-cat-eins-zwei-drei:

debisanacronym1:

WHY ARE NONE OF YOU FUCKERS FLIPPING SHIT?!?

NASA HAS DECLARED PLUTO A PLANET AGAIN

IT HAS MOONS!!!!! IT HAS MOONS!!!!!!!

WHAT. WHAT! PLUTO YOU FUCKING DID IT!

VIVA LA PLUTO, YOU DID IT!!!

THE UNDERDOG

I can’t find a source. Does anyone have any? I won’t believe it until I get a source.

SOURCES
HERE

VIVA LA FUCKING PLUTO

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