Is Pluto a Planet? My Personal Opinion Sept 16, 2019 4:16:27 GMT -5
Post by Radrook Admin on Sept 16, 2019 4:16:27 GMT -5
Is Pluto a Planet?
So Pluto is now no longer a member of the main group of planets? For many of us who were taught that Pluto was the ninth planet in our solar system, it was indeed the ninth and farthest planet. We considered that an indisputable fact because it was taught as such in our schools. If indeed we dared to challenge it-we would have been considered crazy or just plain stupid. So that never crossed our minds.
But like many other things which scientists declare to be indisputably true, Pluto's position as a planet of our solar system was suddenly discarded. Why? Well, primarily because objects of its same size and a bit bigger were discovered farther out in what is called the Kuiper Belt, a area described as containing what is called the leftovers from solar system formation. So the choice was to either expand the number of planets or to place these smaller objects into a different classification. Those in charge of such things decided to do the latter by first claiming that they were not planets and then, to assuage the outcries of protests, calling them dwarf planets.
In that way we now came to have eight legitimate full-fledged main planets and a small group of dwarf planets which now include Ceres which had once been called a mere asteroid. Never mind that Pluto has many moons, never mind that it has an atmosphere, a geologically active subsurface, mountains valleys, and cryogenic volcanoes and a far more interesting surface than the dreary boring so called planet Mercury does. Now we are expected to view it as Mercury's inferior even though Mercury has no moons and its surface is almost identical to our moon, and unlike Pluto, is geologically dead.
Like many others I disagree with the criteria being used and still consider Pluto a full-fledged planet.
What do you think?