Far Out Pluto

Pluto looks great in tie-dye, doesn’t it? I will, I swear, wear tie-dye for a week straight if the make it a planet again.
Pluto is, or isn’t, a planet. You’ll pick the answer that will be right on a 2nd grade science test, that no, it’s a dwarf planet. So would I. I want that A like a cat wants to catch that laser.
But I think not! Pluto has an atmosphere, unlike Mercury- even though it’s as thin as my patience with a homework load exceeding the weight of 15 pounds. It retains its own shape, which is nearly spherical. It isn’t a moon. Okay. So, the IAU definition requires that a planet have vacuumed up or thrown away the surrounding neighborhood of debris, asteroids, and other random space bric-a-brac. The thing is, though, If Neptune had cleared its orbit, there wouldn’t a Pluto to argue about. And Jupiter has thousands of asteroid (Trojans- it’s really, really complicated, that’s a post for later) hanging around along its orbit. Even Earth has a Trojan, as we’ve discovered recently. SO, technically, a couple of the planets shouldn’t be planets. We’re just keeping them until you give Pluto back, IAU!
But’s that’s just the scientific reason to change the IAU definition. Now to the classic I-just-want-Pluto-back bit. Alright. So you’ve seen the Pluto photo with the big heart, right? Well, I’m just gonna go with Stephen Colbert on this one. I personally don’t like texting language, but it’s <3ing us! Pluto’s like, “I wanna be a planet when I grow up”. Best KBO (Kuiper belt object) in the Solar System! Let’s hope the IAU agrees eventually.

Do you think Pluto should still have Planet status??

It’s an amazing world of science out there…let’s go exploring!

IAU 2006 General Assembly: Result of the IAU Resolution votes
Image credit:NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI


54 Comments Add yours

  1. Interesting and fun article….thanks for sharing. You make science and learning sound inviting…so I am sure it would be easy for you to get the kids going. Wish you were my teacher when I was in 2nd grade (or I bet you would have made some of my engineering classes less tiring). But I will have to settle for now…so I will be checking back quite often to learn new things. By the way, I agree Pluto does look good in tie and die. All the best…Peace and Love to you 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    Is it really that colourful? Stunning. Very disappointing that is was demoted (as I see it, losing planet status is a step down from anything other than being the almighty sun).

  3. Anonymous says:

    Is it really that colourful? Stunning. I too was disappointed when it was demoted (as it see it, a step down to be anything less than a planet unless you are the mighty sun).

  4. In my small life, Pluto lives! If Faraday’s Candle and The Rogers Post index Pluto as a planet, we’re halfway there!

    Faraday’s Candle is leading the way in science education!
    s/ Charles Rogers

  5. Faraday's Candle says:

    Ha, ha!! We are learning right along everyone else. The girls are convinced Pluto is a planet…there will always be a debate…lol.

  6. Faraday's Candle says:

    No it is not that color but won’t it be fantastic if it was! So vibrant!! They would have to elevate it to Planet status if it was the colorful, don’t you think?

  7. Faraday's Candle says:

    The article as written by a middle schooler who loves loves science and one of the reasons for this blog. It would be outstanding if Pluto was that colorful.
    Thank you so so much for stopping by!!

  8. reocochran says:

    I love this tie dye look for Pluto! 🙂 I definitely wish Pluto could be back in its planet status. I will cross my fingers, too. 🙂

  9. Faraday's Candle says:

    Fingers crossed!! It looks awesome dressed in multicolors!!

  10. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Yes, should be a planet. It was mean to demote it.

  11. Faraday's Candle says:

    Like Colbert say…”it hearts us!! LOL!

  12. reocochran says:

    It does in its own natural color, too. At least in artist’s renderings of Pluto to me it was pretty. 🙂

  13. Ha ha.. such a delightful read. Just last week we were discussing on Pluto’s planetary status. Like, why so many agree/ disagree. It can be considered as planet. That’s how i grew up learning, that it is! It was fun to know all the surrounding information about this. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

  14. My knowledge of the cosmos is so limited! I have no idea how you retain it all. Far too big for my little brain, but very pretty 🙂 🙂

  15. Thomas Sutcliffe says:

    The picture of Pluto looks splendid. I hope that the demotion to dwarf planet status is reversed, and that Eris, even further out, gets promoted to the status of a full planet as well.

  16. B says:

    Pluto looks great in tie&dye…. actually anything looks awesome in tie&dye, I did that to my hair for freaky hair Friday with food colouring… The colour did not change much though you would not see it unless I stood in the sun, and (note to self) I should have washed it out before I went to bed, well now I have an awesome looking pillow in tie&dye.. I will keep it that way till they make pluto a planet…. #PlutoForPlanet

    Ps Pluto never stopped being a planet (to me) simply because of some assembly.

  17. I am in the Pluto should be a planet camp so I very much enjoyed this article. And the tie-dyed Pluto image is great!

  18. Teagan Geneviene says:

    Far out… groovy post! 😀 (I couldn’t resist.)
    It does look great in tie-dye! My first thought was about how unexpected but pretty the colors were.
    I agree — give back Pluto! 🙂
    I have to get to the office now. Huge hugs.

  19. Faraday's Candle says:

    “I agree-give back Pluto!!” So glad you understand…lol!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  20. Faraday's Candle says:

    The tie-dye gives Pluto character!
    Wow! A planet camp! What is that all about?
    Thanks for stopping by.

  21. Faraday's Candle says:

    Ha, ha!! #PlutoForPlanet!
    Thank you so much B. and enjoy your tie-dye pillow!

    “Ps Pluto never stopped being a planet (to me) simply because of some assembly.”

  22. Faraday's Candle says:

    Thomas! Thank you so much for your comment.
    Eris is worth of being consider but to the assembly it is but a pebble 🙁
    Take care!

  23. Faraday's Candle says:

    Thank you for stopping by Prakash!! We still consider it a planet in our hearts. The assembly did not expect that people would still be discussing its status but it picked up momentum with the #PlutoFlyby & the image showing what looked like a heart. Pluto hearts us!! Well take care.

  24. Faraday's Candle says:

    yes Pluto in it’s natural coloring is still beautiful with it’s softness. It even has a heart!! It hearts us!
    Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Indeed, I agree with that thought!

  26. Faraday's Candle says:

    Now that would be something!

  27. I grew up with Pluto as a planet, so I’m pretty bias when I answer this question. Yes, bring Pluto back as a planet!

  28. Faraday's Candle says:

    Ha, ha!!

  29. annascuisine says:

    For me, Pluto is a planet. 😀 Wouldn’t be nice though if it’s really that colorful? I <3 it!

  30. Faraday's Candle says:

    It would be outstanding if it was the colorful. So happy and vibrant…lol.

  31. Linda Bethea says:

    What did Pluto ever do to be treated so?

  32. Faraday's Candle says:

    Ohhh Linda!
    Ha, ha, ha!! So true. Poor little Pluto. It hearts us!!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  33. Millie Thom says:

    This is a great topic and one you have presented so well. I must say, that after living for almost 60 years, thinking of Pluto as a planet, the new status of ‘dwarf planet’ was very disappointing to me. I loved the idea of little Pluto out there in its elliptical orbit, being a bit of a tearaway by doing its own thing. 🙂 But, far greater powers tham me demoted Pluto. As you say, the main criterion for ‘planet staus’ that Pluto doesn’t seem to conform with relates to having cleared the neighbourhood of its orbit. So I suppose that, until they decide to disregard that particular requirement, poor old Pluto stays demoted. (Perhaps they’ll change their minds when they see how brilliant Pluto looks in its party gear. ) Yes, I’d vote to have Pluto back.

  34. Ann says:

    I’ve been in love with Pluto! Love their colours. Apparently its orbit is so eccentric that it comes closer to the sun than Neptune. Kind of a bummer that it is being declassified as a planet, though. But does it really matter? It’s still cool – whether it’s a planet or not. 🙂

  35. Maria says:

    Great article, I saw that it was written by a middle school student, that is awesome. He/she seem very passionate about the subject 🙂

  36. Kas says:

    I know I’m in the minority, but I think it makes sense to call it a “dwarf planet” rather than considering a planet with the others. I like to think Pluto is okay with venturing forth and forming its own category as we discover more in our solar system. The more we learn, the more we need to revisit old definitions and ideas and I think this is okay. Change is good because it means we’re progressing. 🙂

  37. Faraday's Candle says:

    Very thoughtful answer. “Change is good because it means we are progressing”
    The fight to return Pluto to it’s former status is more of an emotional stand. It hearts us…lol.
    What has come out of it that is absolutely wonderful is that it has people talking and becoming more interested. Now that is good!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  38. Faraday's Candle says:

    Thank you Mari. The two sisters are very genuine in their interest. The older sister has been doing the writing and absolutely enjoying it!

  39. Faraday's Candle says:

    You are so right. Does it really matter when it still out there. It just emotional for some reason with kids. Specially now when they know it hearts us…lol.

  40. Faraday's Candle says:

    The girls second that motion as an emotional vote!! It hearts us as Colbert said and he interviewed Neil Tyson!

  41. Fim says:

    Well, you know me, if it looks like a planet, has atmosphere like a planet and (paraphrasing the duck thing), it’s a planet. It was when I was little, and that’s what I learned, so from my personal POV, it’s a planet. It reminds me of other things I think are done because someone new moves into the executive suite, and wants to put their name on something, just because.

    I vote Planet. 🙂 And I’ll wear tie dye anyway. 😀

  42. Faraday's Candle says:

    To wearing tie dye and Pluto!
    It is interesting how it was demoted but I guess we have to move on and hold it as a planet in our minds. Enjoy the weekend!

  43. Sartenada says:

    Awesome post for Space fan.

  44. Faraday's Candle says:

    Thank you so much.

  45. stomperdad says:

    What I love is that the word Pluto had become a verb. To be Plutoed – demoted, put down, devalue something. Poor Pluto. Still so many kids’ favorite planet!

  46. Faraday's Candle says:

    This no one could deny Pluto its place in kids and adults imagination!!
    Thank you so much for stopping by!

  47. Shadowolfdg says:

    I remembered reading this article, and just had to come back to it. Last night I was reading our latest Popular Mechanics magazine that just hit the stores. I had to get my hands on it, as they were discussing the New Horizons mission to Pluto that is coming to an end one day, which launched in 2006. It was great to see a pic of Pluto and its moon Charon, but even more fantastic to hear that they have requested funding to extend the mission. Apparently they had put more fuel on it than was necessary so that they could possibly visit further into the Kuiper Belt to see if there are any other planetary objects there. A lot of research went into narrowing down the area they should visit.

    I’m not sure if you’re aware of this mission (knowing the girls, probably), but NASA has more info on this at https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newhorizons/main/index.html. I would love to see a post from the girls on this, with their thoughts.

  48. Faraday's Candle says:

    They had seen Charon’s nightside photo but I’m sure did not realize there was a plant to extend the mission. So much interest them that it’s hard to keep up.
    Now the possibility of another planet makes everything even more exciting!!! I wonder if this will play into it or the area they are focusing in will not play into it.
    I’ll let them now. Thank you so much.

  49. Shadowolfdg says:

    it’s a pleasure. I thought of you and the girls when I read that article, so wanted to share

  50. Faraday's Candle says:

    Thank you so so much. The Daddy is just as nerdy…lol.

  51. Shadowolfdg says:

    HAHahaha nerdy is the best, especially when it comes to science and space

  52. Faraday's Candle says:

    Yes it is.
    Like the girls say…”nerds rule the world”…lol

    Well take care.

  53. Shadowolfdg says:

    I agree with them whole-heartedly. Thanks for the chat. Keep well

  54. Faraday's Candle says:


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