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Pluto Gets No Respect

After a bunch of lead weight code riddled posts, let’s lighten it up. I can always count on GraphJam for some laughs, but also for the clever ways people find to represent ideas, thoughts, jokes, in graph form.

Yes, when I was a kid, Pluto was a planet, but scientists have kicked the cold rock out of the planet club.

And as the post cites, the best comment (or as GraphJam lists them, “TPS Reports”).

Graphite Mickey Mouse says, “Of course he’s not a planet! He’s my DOG!”


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  1. Pluto IS still a planet, and it is not accurate to say “scientists have kicked Pluto out of the planet club.” . Only four percent of the IAU voted on this, and most are not planetary scientists. Their decision was immediately opposed in a formal petition by hundreds of professional astronomers led by Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto. Stern and like-minded scientists favor a broader planet definition that includes any non-self-luminous spheroidal body in orbit around a star. The spherical part is important because objects become spherical when they attain a state known as hydrostatic equilibrium, meaning they are large enough for their own gravity to pull them into a round shape. This is a characteristic of planets and not of shapeless asteroids and Kuiper Belt Objects. Pluto meets this criterion and is therefore a planet. Under this definition, our solar system has 13 planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris.

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