OK – purists – not the planet’s actual age. The planet existed long before we found out about it.
The discovery of Pluto happened today 18 February 1930.
This Pluto is not the same Pluto as Mickey Mouse’s dog.
You can read all the facts about it in other places.
I am sharing a few facts here pertinent to my unique view of the world. Buckle your seat belts!
Highly selective fact discussion
Pluto is named after the Roman God of the Underworld. I have written about the underworld previously and poor Proserpina who is still looking……
Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006. Well, that seems an arbitrary change to me and the application of a title that was not true prior to 2006.
Changing the goalposts to qualify as a planet – nope – not good enough Science!
How can you deplanet a planet? Some nonsense about size, mass, the ability to wobble orbits. Hrrmmppphhh!
What about the mnemonic that generations of schoolchildren have used to remember the 9 planets of our solar system?
Mercury – not the thermometer liquid (there’s an ageing memory)
Venus – not the razor brand
Earth – our Moon is bigger than Pluto. SO? (oneupmanship at its worst)
Mars – not the chocolate bar
Jupiter – not the casino at the Gold Coast
Uranus – no smutty jokes, please
Neptune – Jason Mamoa’s other Dad
Pluto – there you are – MY planet!
Now it will become MVEMJSUN (P) – only if you count dwarf planets that were once planets. It doesn’t flow quite as easily, does it?
So happy discovery day Pluto.
You’ll always be a planet to me!
Any Pluto fanciers out there? Let me know below.