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!!!
I can’t find a source. Does anyone have any? I won’t believe it until I get a source.
If you look at information on the actual NASA website, they still consider Pluto a dwarf planet, not a full-fledged planet. The source linked above reports the results of a public debate at Harvard and a poll of that debate’s audience. Note the part where the man the article says set up the debate, Center for Astrophysics communications director David Aguilar, expresses his personal opinions in favor of a full planetary status for Pluto. No wonder two of the three astronomers invited supported his viewpoint. It was a biased sample. As for the audience poll, that means ZERO. Science is not a public opinion poll.
Also, to anyone who argues that Pluto’s moons make it a planet, here is a list of oodles of objects in the solar system that aren’t full planets but still have moons orbiting them. That list includes not just dwarf planets but also stuff like asteroids.
I don’t understand all the resistance to the reclassification of Pluto. It’s not like anybody destroyed it! It’s still up there, just categorized in a way that makes sense given recent discoveries about other objects in the outer solar system. Now it’s called a dwarf planet, which I think makes it sound even cuter.
As for Pluto, it’s a small ball of rock and ice way out in the black. It doesn’t give a fuck what you call it.