Pluto Is Once Again A Planet

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Jul 5, 2009
:setsuna:: I'M BACK B*TCHES!!!:twistedevil:

NASA chief Jim Bridenstine says 'Pluto is a planet' AGAIN | Daily Mail Online

Pluto was downgraded from the ninth planet to a dwarf planet 13 years ago – but a NASAexpert refuses to accept the change.

Jim Bridenstine reignited the debate by stating Pluto should be a planet because it has an ocean under its surface, organic compounds on its surface and its own moons.

He also noted that if experts at if experts are going to follow the true definition of a planet, which states it needs to clear its orbit around the sun, then we 'could really undercut all the planets’.

This is the second time in just a few months that Bridenstine has advocated for the distant world to be reinstated with its original title.

'I am here to tell you, as the NASA Administrator, I believe Pluto should be a planet,' he said, to applause during a wide-ranging speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Washington D.C. Friday.

'Some people have argued that in order to be a planet, you need to clear your orbit around the sun.'

'Well, what we now know is that if that’s the definition that we’re gonna use, you could really undercut all the planets’.

'They’re all dwarf planets because there isn’t a planet that clears its entire orbit around the sun.'

Bridenstine later responded to a question on his Pluto stance by citing its buried ocean, moons, complex organic compounds and multilayered atmosphere.

Jim Bridenstine (pictured in August) reignited the debate by stating Pluto should be a planet because it has an ocean under its surface, organic compounds on its surface and its own moons
In 2006, the International Astronomical Union, a global group of astronomy experts, established a definition of a planet that required it to 'clear' its orbit, or in other words, be the largest gravitational force in its orbit.

The IAU used this to shake up the planetary world and remove Pluto from the ranks of the solar system's elite bodies, taking the number of planets down to eight.

Since Neptune's gravity influences its neighboring planet Pluto, and Pluto shares its orbit with frozen gases and objects in the Kuiper belt, that meant Pluto was out of planet status.

But despite the official ruling, many have never accepted it - and Bridensteine is one of the die-hard supporters of Pluto and his latest remark backs this up.

In August, he spoke up during a tour of the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Building at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Mar 8, 2012
The re-definition of what a planet is was decided on by a small group of astronomers. Most astronomers have never accepted it or Pluto's downgraded status. For whatever reason, encyclopedias, etc, have decided to go with the IAU's arbitrary decision, so until they change it, Pluto's gonna stay stuck as a dwarf planet in ~official~ sources.


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May 7, 2009
This' always just a human definition issue, which has nothing to do w/ the physical properties of Pluto - it's always like what it is, no matter how humans call/classify it. lol