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Pluto IS a planet: Scientists in major space U-turn with shock claim

September 15, 2018 11:43 AM
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Pluto IS a planet: Scientists in major space U-turn with shock claim

The definition which demoted Pluto is “sloppy” according to University of Central Florida planetary scientist Philip Metzger.

• Has cleared debris from the area around its orbit (i.e. is the largest gravitational field in its orbit)

This last criteria saw Pluto be reclassified to a dwarf planet because it is circled by objects which together have a greater mass.

But pro-Pluto expert Metzger discovered that scientists studying our solar system over the past 200 years haven’t used clearing as a definition — because it’s useless.

"The IAU definition would say that the fundamental object of planetary science, the planet, is supposed to be a defined on the basis of a concept that nobody uses in their research," Metzger said.

"And it would leave out the second-most complex, interesting planet in our solar system."

Source: dailystar.co.uk

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