I remember the issue last year when pluto was declassified as a planet, and now considered something else, like a "minititure white dwarf" or something. Why was pluto reclassified?
They voted on the "definition" of a planet and Pluto didn't meet the requirements. If they included Pluto as a planet they'd have to include a bunch of other ice balls.
Here's the article: Why isn't Pluto a planet?
After nearly a decade of debate, astronomers have finally determined Plutos fate: its not a planet. The decision has generated controversy throughout the scientific community, and upset everyone from schoolkids to stargazers. So why, 76 years after Plutos discovery, has it lost its planetary status?
The move stems from the newly established definition of a planet, voted on by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), a society of astronomers from 75 countries. This new definition states a planet is a celestial body that is in orbit around the sun, has sufficient mass for self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a almost round shape, and has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit." Under this definition, Pluto is excluded. For one, it has what is known as a highly eccentric orbit, which at times overlaps Neptunes path, and also veers away from the solar systems main plane. The other eight planets, on the other hand, have large, clearly defined orbits. In addition, Pluto is one of a vast group of celestial bodies located in the far reaches of the solar system, and has not cleared its orbit. Because Pluto is not as large as it was believed to be when discovered, and because it is surrounded by so many other small bodies, many people believe it was a mistake to classify it as a planet.
Because of the IAUs Aug. 24 decision, Pluto is now considered a minor planet or dwarf planet, and is known as minor planet 134340 Pluto. The IAU plans to create a catalogue of dwarf planets, which will include two others: the asteroid Ceres, and a distant object officially named 2003 UB313, but nicknamed Xena.
Discovered in 1930, Pluto was at first thought to be the answer to an astronomical mystery. Astronomers had noticed irregularities in the orbits of some of the outer planets, and theorized that a large, unidentified planet must be disrupting their movements. Astronomer Percival Lowell calculated where this mystery planet might be, and though he didnt discover it, his work did lead to the discovery of Pluto by Clyde Tombaugh, 16 years after Lowells death. However, Pluto is smaller than initially thought--too small to have an effect on the large planets that triggered the search. Because of this, some scientists argued that Pluto was nothing more than a large asteroid.
Despite the IAUs vote, dispute over Plutos status continues. The group had considered another proposal, one that preserved Plutos standing as a planet, while also classifying three other bodies as planets. There are also rumors of a petition to overturn the IAUs decision, and members of Californias state assembly introduced a resolution condemning the IAUs move. One thing is certain: we shouldnt get too attached to any one definition of our solar system, because we never know when it might change.
Astronomers have not determined Pluto's fate. Four percent of the IAU voted on this sloppy definition, and most who voted are not planetary scientists. Most planetary scientists are not even IAU members. Pluto was "reconsidered" because another planet, Eris, was found beyond it in the Kuiper Belt. Eris is slightly larger than Pluto. Instead of recognizing Eris and other round Kuiper Belt objects as a subcategory of planets, a tiny minority of the IAU decided to artificially narrow the definition of planet in a manner that classifies objects solely by where they are rather than by what they are. If Earth were in Pluto's orbit, it would not be considered a planet, as it would not clear its orbit either. The IAU definition is biased in favor of planets closer to their parent stars, as the further away a planet is, the larger an area it has to clear. Also, the IAU definition makes no linguistic sense in that it states that dwarf planets are not planets at all.
Even though Pluto isn't considered a planet any more, it is still larger than any old asteroids. they made a criteria which pluto didn't meet. it is classified as a dwarf planet now, of which we have three. so techniccally, in booting pluto out of the "planets" we gained two others, making the 'planets and dwarf planets' a total of about 11. Why they did this is both cool, but stupid, so ... anyways. yeah. that's about it.
all i can say is now we have 2 rewrite all our books on the solarsystem coz of some ppl who dont have anything better 2 do but make problems 4 everyone else
will I think it was good that we now know that pluto is now a plant don't you that does give us some more plants to study thats a ggod thing!!
It behaves similarly to a planet but lacks one property to make it officially a true planet so it was called a dwarf planet.