Calling for a Debate Over Pluto's Nature

July 23, 2014 5:17 AM

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Calling for a Debate Over Pluto's Nature

As the editor of Astronomy magazine, I am calling for an open and public debate over the planetary status of Pluto, which was notoriously changed in 2006 by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Editors of the magazine are volunteering to host such a public debate, and to involve readers of the magazine in the process and the outcome.

Alan Stern and Neil deGrasse Tyson should hold a public debate on this issue to settle the logic behind what constitutes a planet once and for all.

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