Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pluto, not a planet

I know its quite late in the day. It was way back in 2006 that Pluto was declared no longer as a planet.
and our solar system, as we knew it had changed forever.

But this comes because there are still people here who are uncertain about the status of Pluto. They don't know is it a planet or not..? Some say, its not a planet, agreed. But its no longer part of our solar system.

So, its for all those and many others, I have got this list prepared -
  • Pluto is no longer a planet. - True
  • Pluto is a dwarf planet. - True
  • Pluto, no longer part of our solar system. - False
  • So, there are eight planets in our solar system. - True
  • And only one dwarf planet. - False
  • Is there anything called, Plutoid ? Yes, but still very rarely known. 
  • Is pluto a Plutoid? Yes.
  • So, Pluto is Dwarf Planet or Plutoid ?? God knows..! Ask, IAU, International Astronomical Union.

So, Pluto is no longer a planet but definitely a part of our solar system. It has been referred by a lot of names since it has been stripped of its honors of being a planet. It was called a dwarf planet, then referred by number, 134340 and then came Plutoid.

Now, is it Dwarf Planet or Plutoid or both. This is a bit of concern for me as well. If you get to know the answer, let me know..!!

So, we have :-
  • Planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
  • Dwarf planets: Pluto, Ceres (an object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter), 2003 UB313 (an object farther from the Sun than Pluto)

P.S. Pluto and 2003 UB313 could also be considered as Plutoid.
P.S. Pluto, We miss you..!!

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