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Poor Little Pluto

By Mariah Killian

 

Let’s talk about Pluto. Over the years Pluto has seen little love and lots of hate. From being discovered, to being de-planatized, to being named as a planet once more, this little planet has been on quite the emotional rollercoaster.

Pluto was discovered in 1930, by an american astronomer, but was named by an litttle girl in England. The little plant is the last planet in our solar system. Pluto is also in a zone of small icy things called the Kuiper Belt. For the longest time we seen Pluto as our small cute planet, until it was decided Pluto was no longer a planet.

The reason Pluto is no longer a planet is because some guy, saw what he thought was a planet behind Pluto. Naming this “Planet” Eris caused astronomers to question what makes a planet a planet. They all together decided that anything past Neptune is a Plutoid or “Dwarf Planet.” They had discovered two more dwarf planets beyond Pluto and named these two Eris, and MakeMake.

Overall Pluto was named a planet and should remain one. Astronomers want to know what makes a planet a planet, and Pluto fits the criteria to be a planet. Pluto has an atmosphere, it is a reasonable size, and it has five moons. That is many moon mores than the planets residing before it. The moons even have their own names. These names are Charon, Kerberos, Styx, Nix, and Hydra. Astronomers may no longer see Pluto as a planet, but to the kids who grew up knowing little Pluto, the little planet will always be one in our hearts.

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/nasa-knows/what-is-pluto-k4.html

 

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