The International Astronomical Union voted last week to fire Pluto. That’s right! Pluto has been giving its walking papers. It is no longer considered a planet.
The vote forced Pluto supporters out of the closet Friday to demand their planet back. The “Protest for Pluto” was held at the New Mexico State University. This so happens to be the place where Pluto’s discoverer, Clyde Tombaugh, came to work in 1955.
About 50 protesters held signs reading “Size Doesn’t Matter”. The group was comprised of university staff and students. Along side them were Clyde Tombaugh’s family members, including his widow, and friends of the family.
Tombaugh discovered the planet in 1930. He was employed at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ. While working for NSMU, he founded the university’s research astronomy department.
Some on hand believe the vote was not representative of the IAU’s membership. While the organization boasts membership in the thousands, only 400 voted. Will their vote hold up? Pluto supporters are circulating a petition to the scientific community to overturn the vote. Meanwhile, Pluto has been relegated to dwarf planet status. The dog of the same name, still gets to keep his status as Mickey Mouse’s best friend.