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Last Post 10/22/2008 8:42 AM by  Isabel Hawkins
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10/22/2008 5:15 AM

    Deanna (Fx) 5th grade

    Do you think scientists may re-vote pluto back to "full" planet status as the ninth planet in our solar system gien the fact its now know to be orbited by at least three moons?

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    10/22/2008 8:42 AM

    Dear Deanna,

    If you look at the issue of Pluto being a planet strictly from a scientific point of view, it makes sense to catalogue it as a dwarf planet, because otherwise we'd have to bring into the solar system so many more Kuiper Belt objects that are like Pluto. But I feel that as humans, we have a relationship with our Universe that goes beyond just the facts, and that Pluto has been part of our society for a long time, so that we could just have him stay as a planet, sort of like an "honorary planet." Pluto continues to be a controversial issue, so I am sure it will again be a heated topic of discussion in future International Astronomical Union meetings. What I find amusing is that Pluto does not really care what we say! :)

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