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I sincerely hope that the scientific community reconsiders the declassification of Pluto as a planet. It's not a matter of what's "technically right and technically wrong" ... it's a simple matter of what we as students and teachers have known for more than 75 years.
Now I don't see anything wrong with making the object that is larger than Pluto that is just beyond our ninth planet; a planet.
Who here remembers having to do the styrofoam ball solar system as a science project - do you remember having trouble finding something small enough for Pluto?
I remember back in elementry school instead of doing styrofoam balls or some sort of string diorama ... the morning the "solar system project" was due I lined up sports balls of different sizes and scaled distances apart out in the parking lot. I used croquet and racquet balls, a tennis ball, dodge balls, a basketball, and a colored soccer ball ... for Saturn's rings I used an Aerobie© Frisbee. For Pluto I used a large marble. I got an "F" that day ... the teacher said it was not a permanent display and the planets were not color or size equivalent with the exception of a few.
Again, this isn't like the theory of relativity being disproved ....
Pluto Discovered - February 18, 1930 = a couple of days before Steve Jobs and my birthday which fall on the same day.
I have to kind of snicker as I type this, but ... if scientists want us to accept some more controversial theories they must stick to standards. There is just no reasonable explanation to declassify Pluto. One thing that I can refer to is evolution. For instance, I believe in evolution to an extent. I don't believe that birds were dinosaurs, I don't believe that humans were apes. However, I do believe that birds beaks change and that animals (including humans) have evolved in many ways to suit their environment.
My other problem with this "new scientific revelation" is that the lyrics to one of my favorite School House Rocks songs no longer makes sense.
From Interplanet Janet:
...Mars is red and Jupiter's big
And Saturn shows off its rings.
Uranus is built on a funny tilt
And Neptune is its twin,
And Pluto, little Pluto, is the farthest planet from the Sun.
They say our solar system is not alone in space.
The Universe has endless mystery.
Some future astronaut
May find out that what he'd thought
Was a shooting star instead turned out to be... Interplanet Janet, she's a galaxy girl,
A solar system Ms. from a future world,
She travels like a rocket with her comet team
And there's never been a planet Janet hasn't seen,
No, there's never been a planet Janet hasn't seen.
Here's a conspiracy theory for you: I have thought that maybe this was an inside deal with publishers to sell updated references to museums and education. Think of the literal millions that will be made in updating EVERYTHING. Makes you go hmmmm ... aye?