Pluto Has Been Officially Reclassified As A Planet!



Today is a historic day—one that will bring joy to the hundreds of millions of Pluto lovers around the globe. The International Astronomical Union (IAU), the body that is responsible for naming and classifying objects in the cosmos, has just announced that Pluto has been reclassified as a major planet.

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That’s right, the little dwarf will be rejoining the ranks of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Planet-X (the planet that will surely spell doom for all humanity). As many of you know, in 2006, the IAU made their infamous vote, deciding to demote everyone’s favorite planet to a “dwarf planet.” Their reasoning was that too many people would confuse Pluto (the doggy of Disney fame) with Pluto (the planet, of space and stuff).

Immediately after this 2006 announcement, the public exploded with outrage. There were a number of campaigns launched that were aimed at ensuring that Pluto was reinstated as a planet. These met with no success. Pluto was officially classified as a dwarf planet. But all of that just changed, After years of deliberation, the IAU announced in a press release that they have reclassified the icy world—they upgraded Pluto back to its proper standing as a planet.

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“We simply underestimated the public’s attachment to Pluto. We realized our error shortly after the decision came down to demote it,” said Dr. Amy Joggy, professor at the Institute of Planetary Studies and head of the IAU’s Planetary Classification and Experimental Nomenclature Task Force. “We didn’t think anyone would really care if a little clump of ice and rock on the outskirts of the solar system was reclassified. Clearly, we dun messed up, and that makes me super sad face. Today, we take steps to correct this most grievous of errors.”
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In addition to Pluto’s reclassification, Dr. Joggy has also proposed that the IAU create a new category of planet called a “hyper-planet.” These hyper-planets, according to Dr. Joggy, are like regular planets but at least two times as awesome (thanks to the fancy, fancy name).

It has also been proposed that Pluto be made an honorary member of this new planetary class.

“In all honesty, we feel bad for the way we treated Pluto and, more importantly, all those that cared about it so greatly- the public showed us our error. Hopefully, the new class of planet will be created without a hitch, and Pluto will be added as the first member. It’s only fair.”

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  1. I know this has gotta be April fools

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  2. It's hanging on. It's April 2. today.

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  3. This is a few years old, however, the only fools are the IAU. Pluto's status remains a matter of debate, and we do not need the IAU to issue any resolution for it to be considered a planet. More and more planetary scientists are rejecting the IAU decision in favor of a geophysical definition in which dwarf planets are considered a subclass of planets.

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    1. Well if you wanted to classify Pluto as a planet we would not have 9 planets we would have hundreds of planets
      There are SO many objects out there around the same range as pluto around the same size, some larger some smaller and you couldnt clasify pluto as a planet without adding all of those too
      Which is why we have the 3 criteria for planetary status
      1. Orbit the Sun
      2. Have high enough mass to reach hydrostatic equilibrium
      3. Have cleared your "Neighborhood" around your orbit

      Pluto clears 1 and 2 but not 3 pluto shares its orbit with near a myriad of objects out there

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  4. LOL @ April Fools and people falling for it.

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  5. i love PLUTO
    please no April Fools in science news .

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