VIVA LA PLUTO MOTHERFUCKERS!!!!
DO YOU SEE THIS? DO YOU? ALL OF YOU WHO HAD WRITTEN OFF PLUTO, WHO HAD CROSSED IT OFF YOUR PLANET LIST? REMEMBER HOW IT WAS ‘TOO SMALL” TO BE A PLANET? HOW NASA, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL ASTRONOMICAL UNION REMOVED ITS PLANETARY STATUS AND CHANGED ITS NAME TO 134340? HOW EVERYONE THEN CONSIDERED THERE TO BE EIGHT PLANETS, NOT NINE?
BUT SOME OF US REMAINED LOYAL TO PLUTO. IT WAS NEVER FORGOTTEN. AND NOW HERE WE ARE, AND JUSTICE IS UPON US AFTER 8 YEARS.
BECAUSE GUESS WHAT? PLUTO HAS AT LEAST FIVE MOONS, A PRETTY BIG NUMBER FOR A ”DWARF-PLANET”, HUH? ESPECIALLY WHEN EARTH, QUITE BIGGER THAN PLUTO AND AN OFFICIAL PLANET ONLY HAS ONE. AND GUESS WHAT ELSE? ERIS, THE PLANET WHICH EVERYONE THOUGHT TO BE BIGGER THAN PLUTO, MAY NOT BE BIGGER AFTER ALL. AND THE BEST PART IS THAT PLUTO HAS AN ATMOSHPERE. THAT’S RIGHT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, A SUPPOSEDLY NON-PLANET HAS AN ATMOSPHERE. AGAIN, ISN’T THAT IMPRESSIVE?
SO LOOK AT THIS. NEW FINDINGS, AND A NEW AGE FOR PLUTO. AN AGE OF RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION. AND ALLOW ME TO CLOSE THIS -somewhat aggressive-PRESENTATION OF OPINION WITH THE MOTTO OF THE PLUTO APOLOGISTS: VIVA LA PLUTO!
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The Pluto fandom doesn’t fuck around
What this claims is….
1. The number of satellites an object has determines if it is a planet
2. If an object has an atmosphere, it is a planet.
Those are not the criterion for a planet. Instead they are…
1. It must orbit the sun
2. It’s gravity has to make it into a nearly round shape
3. It has to “clear the neighborhood”, or be the dominant object in it’s orbit.
To be a dwarf planet, an object has to have 2 of those. Pluto has that, so it is a dwarf. Pluto has not “cleared the neighborhood” meaning it is not the dominant object in it’s orbit. It is in the Kuiper belt along with other objects of similar size, so it is still not a planet. Unless they decide to change the definition, it will remain that way. Whether Eris is bigger than Pluto or not, it appears to be at least a similar size and it doesn’t change Pluto’s orbit situation.
The reason that it is NOT impressive for Pluto to have an atmosphere is that sometimes MOONS and other non planet objects can have atmospheres. To have an atmosphere, an object either needs high mass or cold temperatures (or both) to keep the molecules in it’s gravitational field. When it’s cold, the molecules move slower and have a harder time escaping the gravitational force. One of Jupiter’s moons, Io, has an atmosphere and even volcanoes like on Earth, but it is not a planet.
The excitement about this topic is great, but the refusal to accept a change due to familiarity is not. I understand, I grew up reciting “My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas”, but science changes and evolves our thinking. However, rather than forcing an idea because it has sentimental value and makes us feel safe, why not look at it objectively?
Pluto is not alive, Pluto is fine. Let’s make progress.
VIVA LA SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS.