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Pluto (formal designation 134340 Pluto) is the second-largest known dwarf planet in the Solar System (after Eris) and the tenth-largest body observed directly orbiting the Sun. Originally classified as a planet, Pluto is now considered the largest member of a distinct population called the Kuiper belt. Like other members of the Kuiper belt, Pluto is composed primarily of rock and ice and is relatively small: approximately a fifth the mass of the Earth's Moon and a third its volume. It has an eccentric and highly inclined orbit that takes it from 30 to 49 AU from the Sun. This causes Pluto periodically to come closer to the Sun than Neptune.

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1 Demoted No longer a planet
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2 Never Boned Still rocks.
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3 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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1 So, now the planet that isn't a planet, has been discovered to have 5 moons. I don't know about anyone else but I'd say Pluto's getting the last laugh on this whole asinine debate. -- Submitted By: (Jp) on July 11, 2012, 11:03 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Thank you, Stephanie! For the record, I prefer nachos to pickles. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on October 31, 2011, 3:26 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 @ Robert: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos. -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on October 24, 2011, 9:48 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Pluto's hard-wired into our memories as a planet. I even recall the mnemonic to remember all the planets: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pickles (or Pizzas). With Pluto gone, what does our educated mother serve us now? -- Submitted By: (Robert) on August 16, 2011, 12:37 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Let's see Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune........ Sounds like an old friend is missing to me. That, if I remember correctly, ever once in awhile trades places with Neptune. -- Submitted By: (Jp) on August 13, 2011, 7:14 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
6 Scientists can be a snooty bunch, especially for people who haven't really accomplished a lot over the past 20-30 years or so. These days all science seems to be is a reason why this can't be done or that can't be called something. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on June 10, 2011, 5:58 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
7 It will remain a planet in the hearts of the people for a long, long time. Just like how people still call a brontosaurus a brontosaurus no matter how many scientists stamp their feet and demand we call it an apatosaurus. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on June 9, 2011, 3:39 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
8 I'm in. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on June 9, 2011, 12:54 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Soggy, I agree wholeheartedly!!! Who's with us??? Start the movement today!!! -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on June 8, 2011, 7:03 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
10 I say we make the practice of "Plutism" a hate crime. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 7, 2011, 3:37 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
11 You took the words out of my mouth, Soggy. It would have been cool to go from 9 planets to 13. Wait...did someone with a fear of the number 13 have a hand in Pluto's demotion? -- Submitted By: (Robert) on June 7, 2011, 11:34 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
12 Seriously Soggy, there's a certain order to the universe and that's part of it. Leave it to humans to mess around with that, as if it matters to Pluto or the rest of the cosmos that it's been declared not a planet after all (rolls eyes). As if humans are ever even going to travel that far themselves. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on June 5, 2011, 6:46 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
13 Well, Dol, since a state legislature (I don't recall which one) voted awhile back that the value of Pi would from now on be exactly 3, I don't see why Congress can't declare that all solar systems, starting with ours, shall from now on consist of exactly 9 planets. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 5, 2011, 4:51 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
14 I like my solar systems to have nine planets. Every other known one does (or at least, is supposed to). If this is what science is being used for, to arbitrarily say Pluto's not a planet after all after decades of saying it was, then science isn't very useful these days. Instead of demoting Pluto why don't you scientists live up to your smugness (God doesn't exist because we have SCIENCE and anyone who disagrees is a knuckle-dragging moron!) and get to work on the MANY incurable diseases out there and finding an alternate fuel source to replace oil. Hell, it's been over 40 years since man landed on the moon, that's more than enough time to have sent people to Mars by now. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on June 5, 2011, 2:33 am - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
15 Instead of demoting Pluto, I am unclear as to why the astronomy community did not hold to the earlier definition of a planet and accept Pluto and Eris and Ceres and the other so-called dwarf planets as full-fledged planets. Had they done so, we would now be talking about 13 definite planets and perhaps as many as 60 other potential planets extending out to 8 billion or so miles from the sun. The recently decided-upon criterion that a full planet must have enough mass to "clear" its orbital neighborhood of smaller bodies seems kind of arbitrary. (Besides, neither Earth nor Mars, nor even Jupiter, has cleared its orbital zone.) I say the more planets, the better. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 4, 2011, 11:33 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
16 I still consider Pluto a planet. It's neat how it trades places with Neptune for 8th or 9th planet. I think the reason for its demotion was because of the other dwarf planets. Either welcome them, or demote Pluto. The latter was chosen. Thinking deeper, Pluto may one day cease to exist...in the future, it's bound to collide with Neptune. :( -- Submitted By: (Robert) on June 4, 2011, 10:30 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
17 Sorry, but I'll always consider a planet- even if it happened to march to its own drummer[ or weird orbit]. I remember how cool it felt for those 20 years or so when Neptune was FARTHER away from the sun than Pluto thanks to said orbit! Jeers to the solar system model kit makers who've quit putting Pluto as part of the system! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on June 4, 2011, 3:56 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote

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