onachu said: Have you seen this recent "Pluto is a planet again!" thing? It's quickly making its rounds on Tumblr and I'm curious about your thoughts on it (I have my own opinions but I'd like to hear yours).
Ha, yeah, of course I have.
Call these objects what you will, whether it be planetoids, minor planets, dwarf planets, celestial bodies or planets…we - humans - are simply arguing semantics over a more aesthetically (and psychologically) pleasing way to avoid admitting that they’re all - large or small - ASTEROIDS IN STABLE ORBITS…the stellar fragments left over from the formation of the solar system itself.
We’re still on a continuous endeavor to understand our origins, and the 9th planetary body beyond Uranus, Pluto, whatever word we fancy…it’s there, holding pieces to the puzzle.
Reminder to all: the stars do not care about what the sentient newcomers to the universe call their planetary neighbors…they’ll fry you to death, consume you, or explode and extinguish all inhabited or uninhabited bodies of rock and metal just the same.
Also, an intelligent and technologically capable civilization elsewhere would have a pretty difficult time spotting the self-proclaimed “third ROCK from
the sun an G-type star” when scanning their visible universe for diverse planetary systems. We should all keep that in mind and remain humble that we’re still alive amidst a time when the first generation of humans - that’s us - has achieved the capability to survey solar systems beyond our own.
And lastly - aside from mentioning that there are far other incredible discoveries being made and goings on in the universe to be griping about the planetary taxonomy of orbiting bodies amidst
our this solar system - WE STILL HAVEN’T BEEN TO PLUTO…YET. NASA’S NEW HORIZONS SPACECRAFT IS DUE TO ARRIVE IN PLUTO IN JULY OF 2015!
Once we get to Pluto, then we can start having a conversation.
To fully grasp the significance of this current mission to Pluto, I can’t recommend this 45-minute documentary enough…
New Horizons: Passport to Pluto