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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.

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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.

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.


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

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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.

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?

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

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.

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