February 12, 2011 2 Comments
In 2006 the International Astronomers Union demoted Pluto so that it was no longer a planet. Pluto was demoted because its small size didn’t fall into the new definition of what a planet is.
That is so stupid.
Saying Pluto isn’t a planet is like telling Pinocchio he isn’t a real boy. Sure technically Pinocchio isn’t a real boy and he is just a puppet brought to life by the Blue Fairy. But is telling Pinocchio he isn’t a real boy, really going to accomplish anything, or increase our understanding of the world.
There is absolutely no incentive for us to demote Pluto from its planet status until we land on Pluto and find out that there is no alien life there. Because if we do land on Pluto and find out that there is alien life, I don’t think telling the inhabitants of Pluto that Earth doesn’t recognize their satellite as a planet would be a good place to start diplomacy. Telling Plutonians that they don’t live on a planet, is not an insult that can be resolved with a beer; it is an insult that can only be resolved with flying saucers and extreme prejudice.