Little Girl Writes Angry Letter to Neil deGrasse Tyson About Pluto

Posted on April 4, 2013 by

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.

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3 Responses to “Little Girl Writes Angry Letter to Neil deGrasse Tyson About Pluto”

  1. The “official planet count” is NOT eight. There is no “official planet count.” Only four percent of the IAU voted on the controversial demotion of Pluto, and most are not planetary scientists. Their decision was opposed by hundreds of professional astronomers in a formal petition led by New Horizons Principal Investigator Dr. Alan Stern, which you can find here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/planetprotest/

    Pluto is the largest of only a few known Kuiper Belt Objects that are squeezed into a round shape, a state known as hydrostatic equilibrium. Many astronomers, myself included, do not hold with any requirement that an object must “clear its orbit” to be a planet and instead choose the equally legitimate planet definition in which a planet is defined as any non-self-luminous spheroidal body orbiting a star. That gives us 13 planets, or 14 if we count Pluto-Charon as a binary, or double planet: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto-Charon, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris.

    Interestingly, after visiting the late Patsy Tombaugh, widow of Pluto discoverer Clyde Tombaugh, several years ago, Tyson moderated his stance to the point that he now publicly states that the status of Pluto remains a matter of ongoing debate. He has actually stated that he exists nowhere on record as saying our solar system has only eight planets.

    To learn more about opposition to the IAU decision and why Pluto is still a planet, visit http://laurelsplutoblog.blogspot.com

  2. Sol Byanka says:

    And everybody know Sailor pluto kick @ss!! 😉

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