New Reasons why Pluto Should be Considered a Planet

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New Reasons why Pluto Should be Considered a Planet

Post by fred8615 » September 10th, 2018, 2:42 pm

In 2006, during their 26th General Assembly, the International Astronomic Union (IAU) passed a resolution to adopt a formal definition for the term “planet”. According to this definition, bodies that orbit the Sun, are spherical, do not orbit other bodies, and have cleared their orbits were designated planets. Pluto, and other such bodies that did not meet all of these requirements, would thereafter be designated as “dwarf planets”.

However, according to a new study led by Philip T. Metzger – a planetary scientists from the Florida Space Institute (at the University of Central Florida) – the IAU’s standard for classifying planets is not supported by the research literature on Pluto, and is therefore invalid. For those people who have maintained that “Pluto is still planet” for the past twelve years, this is certainly good news!

Read more: https://www.universetoday.com/139956/ne ... after-all/

Personally, I think a planet should orbit a star. If it orbits another body, it's a moon.
Frederick J. Barnett
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