When I was growing up, there were 9 planets in our solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. I can thank the many hours of devouring episodes of Sailor Moon and the many science books for kids my parents bought me.
Then Pluto got demoted to a “dwarf planet” in 2006 because it’s not the only large body in the Kuiper belt, bring the official planet count to 8. Despite the official change in status, to me, Pluto will always be a planet.
There is also one little girl who feels the same way but took it one step further and wrote a letter to noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Read her passionate letter below:
I hope he wrote back to her, not in cursive of course.