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Pluto’s demotion ignores astronomical history

Pluto’s demotion ignores astronomical history

Author: Tom Siegfried / Source: Science News The International Astronomical Union’s vote in 2006 to demote Pluto to dwarf planet status merely created “the illusion of scientific consensus,” according to a recent paper. If Dr. Seuss had been an astronomer,...

Celebrity names now mark places on Pluto’s moon Charon

Celebrity names now mark places on Pluto’s moon Charon

Author: Dan Garisto / Source: Science News MOONSTRUCK Details of Charon, the largest of Pluto’s five moons, were finally seen clearly in 2015 when the New Horizons mission passed within 13,000 kilometers of Pluto’s surface. Pluto’s largest moon, long seen as...

Blue Haze of Pluto

Blue Haze of Pluto

Author: Alex Santoso / Source: Neatorama Image: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute Smog getting you down? Consider this: even Pluto has got that! Scientists stitched together images from the Long Range...

It’s time to redefine what qualifies as a planet

It’s time to redefine what qualifies as a planet

Author: Ashley Yeager / Source: Science News PLANET OR NOT? A group of planetary scientists label Pluto and many other orbs in the solar system as planets, despite the definition set down by the International Astronomical Union in 2006. Pluto is a planet. It...

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