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    Pluto Is Not A Planet And It Never Should Have Been

    You can vote all you want to reinstate it, but unless you're a part of the International Astronomical Union, that's not how it works. THANK GOD.

    In 1930 an small, oddball, rocky object was discovered in the outer solar system. We named the object Pluto, and called it the ninth planet. Sadly, that was a mistake.

    NASA, ESA and M. Buie /

    This fuzzy blur of a thing is the best image we have of Pluto.

    Thankfully, the lovely people at the International Astronomical Union (IAU) fixed this in 2006 when they decreed that Pluto was no longer a planet, and all was right with the world again.

    Now some overly sentimental people are trying to ruin everything again by claiming Pluto should be back among the planets. So let's look at the evidence.

    Pluto might not even be the ninth biggest object to orbit the sun – dwarf planet Eris is basically Pluto's twin.

    ESO/L. Calçada

    A twin that Pluto somehow conveniently "forgot" about until 2005. I don't see anyone campaigning to make Eris a planet, least of all Pluto.

    Even our own MOON is bigger than Pluto.

    NASA, ESA, JPL, and A. Feild (STScI).

    Should we make the moon a planet too?! No, we should not.

    As are SIX other moons in the solar system: Jupiter's Ganymede, Callisto, and Io.

    NASA / JPL / University of Arizona

    And Jupiter's Europa, Saturn's Titan, and Neptune's Triton.

    NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
    NASA / Jet Propulsion Lab / http://U.S. Geological Survey

    It's not just moons and planets Pluto is smaller than. Its surface area is a bit smaller than Russia's. If we classify Pluto as a planet, is Russia next?

    FutureTrillionaire / BuzzFeed / Via

    For clarification, Russia is a country and Pluto is a tiny lump of rock floating in space.

    Pluto's orbit is so much wonkier than that of any of the real planets, it's almost as if it's not even trying.

    Go home, Pluto, you are drunk.

    And clear all that debris out of your orbit while you're at it.

    The IAU even created a whole new class of objects called dwarf planets in 2006, when it realised Pluto wasn't like all the other planets. Was Pluto grateful for this? No.

    Pluto's got its own family of dwarf planets now. It doesn't even need us any more.

    But the most startling piece of evidence is this: Pluto couldn't even be bothered to make it around the sun ONCE in the time it was a planet.

    ESO/L. Calçada

    Not once. I rest my case.

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