VIVA LA PLUTO MOTHERFUCKERS!!!!
DO YOU SEE THIS? DO YOU? ALL OF YOU WHO HAD WRITTEN OFF PLUTO, WHO HAD CROSSED IT OFF YOUR PLANET LIST? REMEMBER HOW IT WAS ‘TOO SMALL” TO BE A PLANET? HOW NASA, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL ASTRONOMICAL UNION REMOVED ITS PLANETARY STATUS AND CHANGED ITS NAME TO 134340? HOW EVERYONE THEN CONSIDERED THERE TO BE EIGHT PLANETS, NOT NINE?
BUT SOME OF US REMAINED LOYAL TO PLUTO. IT WAS NEVER FORGOTTEN. AND NOW HERE WE ARE, AND JUSTICE IS UPON US AFTER 8 YEARS.
BECAUSE GUESS WHAT? PLUTO HAS AT LEAST FIVE MOONS, A PRETTY BIG NUMBER FOR A ”DWARF-PLANET”, HUH? ESPECIALLY WHEN EARTH, QUITE BIGGER THAN PLUTO AND AN OFFICIAL PLANET ONLY HAS ONE. AND GUESS WHAT ELSE? ERIS, THE PLANET WHICH EVERYONE THOUGHT TO BE BIGGER THAN PLUTO, MAY NOT BE BIGGER AFTER ALL. AND THE BEST PART IS THAT PLUTO HAS AN ATMOSHPERE. THAT’S RIGHT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, A SUPPOSEDLY NON-PLANET HAS AN ATMOSPHERE. AGAIN, ISN’T THAT IMPRESSIVE?
SO LOOK AT THIS. NEW FINDINGS, AND A NEW AGE FOR PLUTO. AN AGE OF RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION. AND ALLOW ME TO CLOSE THIS -somewhat aggressive-PRESENTATION OF OPINION WITH THE MOTTO OF THE PLUTO APOLOGISTS: VIVA LA PLUTO!
Get “Viva la Pluto” to be a trending tag
The Pluto fandom doesn’t fuck around
WHAT DO YOU MEAN EIGHT YEARS?!!!!
There are objects in the Kuiper belt larger than Pluto, and Titan has an atmosphere, but it’s a moon, not a planet. Here’s a more balanced article, that discusses the criteria for planetary status and brings up some important points this poster left out.
What I don’t understand is why people take Pluto’s planetary status as a personal slight. Calling Pluto a planet or a dwarf planet changes nothing about Pluto’s physical state. It doesn’t cease to exist. It’s just terminology. I’d wager that the vast majority of people who reblogged this can’t even name the other large TNO’s without googling it, and those TNOs are exactly why we reconsidered Pluto’s planetary status in the first place.
eris and (i believe) sedna were the big ones that helped us reconsider pluto. not to mention:
- teharonhiawako (my baby i luv u)
- orcus (or anti-pluto)
- QB1 (where we get the term cubewano from)
also let’s get more into a few specific ones
eris, makemake, haumea, and quaoar were discovered by the hilarious astrophysicist michael “mike” brown, whose twitter is a diamond in the rough, by the way, all before 2006.
as read in mike brown’s autobiography, if he had not told the IAU to make pluto a dwarf planet, this would be what you would know as planets:
- anything that orbits the sun and can round itself out
that means that your tests would look like this:
- et cetera
oh, and because TNOs such as eris and sedna have such weird orbits, you might have to memorize the order different depending on what decade you grew up in.
mike brown, the man who single-handedly allowed the demotion of pluto, could have gained so much from keeping pluto a planet. he would have had his own discovery considered a planet, which would have given him LOADS of cash for being the discoverer of the 10th planet, which would have helped him tremendously in a college savings for his at-the-time newborn daughter! an actual fucking astrophysicist who knows his shit better than a bunch of angry 6th graders on tumblr said that it would be smart to demote pluto and instead classify it as a dwarf planet. why??
to be a planet, you must meet the following:
- orbit a star
- have sufficient mass to round yourself out — be massive enough to where you collapse on yourself into a sphere shape
- clear your orbital trajectory — clean the path you take around the sun
pluto, as i like to put it, never clean up its room, so it’s not a planet. simple as that.
instead of focussing on pluto’s planethood status, research the following about pluto:
- pluto has an atmosphere comprised of methane
- said atmosphere freezes in winters and melts/snows methane on the dwarf planet in the summers (plutonian time, of course)
- pluto is a binary system with charon
- pluto is tidally locked to charon, and charon is tidally locked to pluto: they always show the same face to each other, which, as my once-friend put it, means that they are holding hands and spinning around in space
- pluto has at least 4 other confirmed moons, and likely has a ring system around it
- there is a very quickly-moving probe that is approaching neptune right now that will take the first high-definition pictures of pluto in mid-july of 2015 and will give us unprecedented information on it
- pluto is pink
food 4 thought
—an astronomy major