Is Pluto a planet? In my opinion, yes. Do I care what the IAU calls it? No. It really doesn’t matter.

pluto_sri-alpha.png Astronomers from around the world will vote today on a series of proposals, all of which demote Pluto and reset our solar system’s planet count to eight. Of course, the astronomers could vote “No” on all four proposals, thus tabling the decision for three years. I doubt that’ll happen.

Just for kicks, I tried to see Pluto last night, while it was still officially a planet. I haven’t seen it yet, and 8″ Celestron NexStar 8i telescope is barely up to the task. Unfortunately, there were too many clouds rolling through. Oh, well.

(Image Credit: Eliot Young (SwRI) et al., NASA)

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