for love of Pluto

Toronto, 2015.07.17

It's fun to watch the various reactions to the new images coming back from Pluto - especially the emotionally charged ones. It seems that there's still lingering anger over the 'demotion' of Pluto from planet to dwarf planet. At least some people are addressing it with due levity.

H/t to my mother

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(I'm attempting a comment for the third time, apparently if I press the left arrow key to edit, your site navigates to your prior comment and deletes my comment! Garrrrh) I think Pluto's categorization requires a re-reconsideration. They downgraded it with the assumption that it was more a Kuiper belt object than a "real" planet. Now we've seen evidence of geologic activity! I thought Kuiper belt objects were dead ice cream scoops? Anyway, I'm holding a grudge on Pluto's behalf.


As I understand it, Pluto's geologic activity amounts to the surface and even atmosphere consolidating as the object drifts further and further from the Sun during its Autumn. It seems to have a "summer configuration" and a "winter configuration".

I'll experiment with the comments thing, to see if it's something I can fix.


rand()m quote

(In which I leave the final word to someone else.)

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

--Antoine de Saint Exupery