The Public Has Voted: Pluto is a Planet!

In light of our conversation on Wednesday about whether the general public should be able to vote on decisions, I thought this was an interesting debate to bring up. Apparently, there was recently a debate at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics on whether or not Pluto should be reinstated as a planet. During the debate, the audience (which were mostly just ordinary people, not physicists) voted that of course Pluto should be a planet! Viva la Pluto! What do you guys think about this?

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4 Responses to The Public Has Voted: Pluto is a Planet!

  1. elexiusmusick says:

    I work with children, and every time I accidentally say that there are nine planets (often, I’m crazy about astronomy so we’re always talking about space), the older one corrects me in a very smug way. “No, Elexius Musick. There are EIGHT planets. God.”

    Well hah, kid, HAH. How many planets are there now, Kojak?

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  2. exelsisxax says:

    I’d really not have to learn the other “third planets.” (85770) 1998 UP1, 2002 AA29, (277810) 2006 FV35, (164207) 2004 GU9, and 2010 SO16. The names don’t exactly roll off the tongue. Then there’s ceres, eris, haumea, makemake, sedna, and orcus. At least those ones are words.

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    • amd197 says:

      Even the ones you mentioned in the second to last sentence there sound like a little too much of a mouthful. I’m more than happy to stick with only learning the 8 planets that we have now! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t know too much about astronomy, but if making Pluto a planet again means adding those “third planets” to the list as well, then it may be better off if Pluto is just left alone.

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