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Pluto's Status Already Under Attack!

Only a day after the Society for the Preservation of Pluto as a Planet announced its existence to the world -- and, oh, yeah, the Planetary Definition Committee of the IAU recommended a definition that would keep Pluto as a planet -- Pluto's status is under attack from all sides. The Anti-Plutonian forces are marching, and we must do our best to keep them at bay.

Please see Under Attack! in the savepluto LiveJournal to see what must be done to defend Pluto from the Anti-Plutonians!


Sorry Michael, if saving Pluto means adding several more planets, I say hang Pluto. I mean what is our Solar System, the Walmart of planets? Planets on the cheap? Declare two planets, get the third one free?

I say Nay!

Captain: Discontinue Sarcasm Beam, Ensign.
Ensign: Discontinuing Sarcasm Beam, Aye Sir.
I tend to agree with this, and am thus mildly opposed to Pluto keeping its status as a planet (after all, if they can demote Ceres...)

But I'm not particularly passionate about it.

Tell you what. I'll make a deal. Astronomers will have to call Pluto a planet, but in exchange, Paleontologists will have to abandon the name Apatosaurus in favor of Brontosaurus!
I'm not so much an Anti-Plutonian as I am a Plutonian-Planetary-Status-Apathetic. (Unless you want to go the "if you're not with us, you're against us" route.)

I mean, sure, schoolchildren all over the world have been taught that there are precisely nine planets ... but schoolchildren all over the world over the course of history have been taught that the sun orbits the earth or that humans have 48 chromosomes or that disease is due to an imbalance of humours or that air has a temperature-based "water holding capacity".

I'm not a big fan of retaining terminology for reasons of sentiment over science ... but then again, I'm not sufficiently passionate about it to label myself an Anti-Plutonian and picket for a status downgrade.

Maybe I should register PlutoIsMehWhatever.org.
How do you think I feel? I just hung a model of the solar system in my son's room. Now I have to redo it!!!

December 2016

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