ok so I keep seeing posts on my dash about how “NASA has declared Pluto a planet again!!”
A few things about that
first off, NASA was never the one to officially declare Pluto to not be a planet, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) did that. NASA doesn’t have the authority to do that stuff.
Secondly, NASA hasn’t said anything about Pluto recently. In none of the articles linked to these posts does it even mention NASA. All these articles say is that the majority of the population (according to recent surveys) views Pluto as a planet and that some scientists agree with that.
But officially Pluto is still just a dwarf planet.
I love Pluto as much as the next person but stop spreading misinformation.
So apparently Pluto is a planet again, based on the fact that it formed around the sun and is round with gravity.
By that logic there’re now 13 planets in the Solar System.
You got Pluto back, nostalgia freaks, so you better accept its new buddies:
Eris, Ceres, Haumea and Makemake.
And also maybe: Orcus, Ixion, Salacia, Varuna, Quaoar, Sedna and my favourites, 2002 MS4, 2007 OR10, 2007 UK126 & 2005 UQ513
So yeah. 13 planets at least, up to 23, maybe more.
And you wonder why they didn’t like calling Pluto a planet.
I feel so ill all of a sudden, like the last hour I’ve felt like shit. Urgh.