Pluto Is Not a Planet

Pluto is not a planet For my whole life I have been taught that there were exactly 9 planets in the solar system. I had learnt this at a very young age and the number 9 had often been stressed to me. I can’t believe the amount of tests that I had failed on the subject because I had failed to remember one of these planets. My excuse had always been, “No! That’s not a planet! “. If I had forgotten Saturn then I would say, ” Oh sir! Saturn’s not really a planet, it’s yellow and everyone knows that anything yellow is worthless. or if it was Mars, ” But sir! Mars is made out of chocolate, how can it be a planet! “. But the planet I forgot the most was, Pluto. That little spec floating of into the distance of my galaxy map had always eluded me. I wanted to get rid of it. It had caused me so much trouble in school that as soon as we were given a new map of the solar system, I would quickly proceed to colour it in with a black marker. Now although I had hated it, after awhile I had begun to forget about it.

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Now imagine my shock, when I turned on the news on August the 24th 2006 and saw the headline “Astronomers Rule, Pluto is not a Planet”. Supposedly a clear majority of researchers voted for the new definition at a meeting of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Prague, the day before. According to the new definition, a full-fledged planet is an object that orbits the sun and is large enough to have become round due to the force of its own gravity. In addition, a planet has to dominate the neighbourhood around its orbit. Now obviously to me this didn’t make much sense.

I was still shocked by the news. I may have had my differences with Pluto in the past, but now that it’s gone, I kind of miss it. But then it leads me to ask the question, “Who gave those scientists the right to make such a big call”. If I became a scientist, would I have the power to rule that the moon is made out of cheese. Could I say that the world doesn’t actually revolve around the sun but a giant fat person. Could I say that up is now down, I is now you and steeping on a crack can break your mothers back? Of course not, no one should have that kind of power.

First these scientists get rid of Plutoas a planet next they will change the international currency to the PPP. Or the pants per person. How can we make sure that this doesn’t get out of hand. How can we actually control people that have the power to say “What is and is not” in this world. I don’t see any solution. If we try to shoot them then they can just say that bullets are no longer deadly. If we try to negotiate then they will say speaking no longer makes sense. So what can we do. I say wait and hide until Pluto comes down looking for them.


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