The last time I updated my general knowledge about Pluto was in 2006, when it was demoted as a planet and classified as a dwarf planet.
But NASA’s recent statement shows that the debate about it being a planet or not is not going to end anytime soon.
A tweet shared by meteorologist Cory Reppenhagen shows the NASA chief, Jim Bridenstine speaking at the FIRST Robotics Event in Oklahoma.
In his speech, he said that he doesn’t agree with the convention that Pluto is not a planet.
My favorite soundbyte of the day that probably won’t make it to TV. It came from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. As a Pluto Supporter, I really appreciated this. #9wx #PlutoLoversRejoice @JimBridenstine pic.twitter.com/NdfQWW5PSZ— Cory Reppenhagen (@CReppWx) August 23, 2019
These were his words:
“Just so you know, in my view Pluto is a planet. You can write that the NASA administrator declared Pluto a planet once again. I’m sticking by that, it’s the way I learned it and I’m committed to it.”
When Pluto was excluded from the category of planets, the International Astronomical Union had defined certain guidelines that had to be adhered to for any celestial body to be categorised as a planet.
As expected, Twitter is now confused.
And as of today, Pluto is a planet once again. This is perhaps the worst case of on an off relationship I can think of.— Kiran Manral (@KiranManral) August 28, 2019
Don’t worry Pluto, I never stopped loving you. You were always a planet in my eyes! pic.twitter.com/h5CwcNIWd0— Casey Holencik (@Crh614) August 29, 2019
Right. Too much confusion for kids in school on Pluto. Text book says 9 planets, teachers teaching 8. Now again changing to 9. My son wrote 8 in his exams after googling to his satisfaction. Lost 1 mark in recent exams as teachers have settled to 9 now.— Romey (@Wanchoo_Romz) August 29, 2019
There are 9 planets and Pluto is one of them and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. https://t.co/8LhK00bK6b— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) August 29, 2019
pluto has been declared a planet again. who hired a bunch of libras at nasa— Scott’s Tot (@notasnackk) August 29, 2019
Pluto should be grandfathered into planetdom.— JustJames (@o7_JustJames) August 28, 2019
Pluto don’t need no earth scientist for validation— Cale (@nottheveggie) August 28, 2019
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Well, not that I have any authority… but, for what it’s worth, I strongly agree. Pluto was discovered and named as a planet a while before I was born. At that time it was generally instinctively understood that a Planet was one of a family of roughly spherical objects that orbited the Sun (rather than orbiting something else). So, to me, Pluto is a classical PLANET. End of story. We can easily choose to make Pluto the outer edge of the classical planet zone, in which case we’ll end up with 9 planets and an ever-increasing number of Kuiper Belt Objects great and small, as they are discovered. Anybody like my definition ? It would have saved a lot of trouble 10 years ago !! Incidentally, the origins of the word planet are no help at all. The word simply means “wandering star” from the Greek, as I understand it, although Greek is not my strong point ! 💥💥💥💥 Let’s hear it for PLUTO – the 9th Planet !! If you agree, let me know – and I will show Alan Stern – the genius who revealed the magnificent appearance of Pluto at close quarters – through the NASA New Horizons Mission. I was proud to be a very small part of that triumph. Alan’s team use a nine-fingered salute (to which I subscribe) so there is little doubt what side they are on !!! Bri
There’s nothing we can do about it, but wait for an official announcement on the same.