A chance for the Pluto-huggers? Scientist leads effort to restore underdog's planetary stature

Ethan Siegel has just written an article, "The Science Has Spoken: Pluto Will Never Be A Planet Again", so this is a response to it. I'll argue that far from "story over", actually we could make a discovery tomorrow that would turn the whole thing on its head and make their definition untenable.  This will become particularly acute if we ever find a gas giant in the outer reaches of our solar system, too far away to clear its orbit. For consistency, we would have to call it a "Gas Giant Dwarf Planet Non Planet". read more

A chance for the Pluto-huggers? Scientist leads effort to restore underdog's planetary stature

Ejected a decade ago from its place among the planets, the distant, icy world of Pluto still has its admirers.

Tue 21 Mar 17 from Phys.org

Scientists make the case to restore Pluto's planet status

Johns Hopkins University scientist Kirby Runyon wants to make one thing clear: Regardless of what one prestigious scientific organization says to the contrary, Pluto is a planet. So is Europa, ...

Fri 17 Mar 17 from Phys.org

The fight over Pluto is much bigger than one (dwarf) planet - CNET

A decade after Pluto was demoted, the first team to fly by it has a radical proposal to restore its former status, resurrecting the biggest battle in space.

Fri 24 Mar 17 from CNET

Study Suggests We Reclassify the Moon As A Planet — Reopening a Centuries-Old Debate

Every now and then a scientific paper makes a real splash. We had one recently, to judge from recent headlines. "Moon rises to claim its place as a planet" said The Sunday Times on February ...

Tue 21 Mar 17 from SPACE.com

Scientists try to restore Pluto’s planet status

From the “Make Pluto Great Again” department, new definition raises number of planets in solar system to about 110 Johns Hopkins University scientist Kirby Runyon wants to make one ...

Sun 19 Mar 17 from Watts Up With That?

How A "Dwarf Planet" Gas Giant Could Challenge IAU Definition - Pluto, Ceres, Haumea Etc Can All Be Planets

Ethan Siegel has just written an article, "The Science Has Spoken: Pluto Will Never Be A Planet Again", so this is a response to it. I'll argue that far from "story over", actually we could ...

Mon 13 Mar 17 from Science 2.0

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