Debate Over Pluto's Status as a Dwarf Planet Reignited

October 3, 2014 3:38 AM

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Debate Over Pluto's Status as a Dwarf Planet Reignited

Pluto was taught to be our solar system's 9th planet until the International Astronomical Union voted to reduce it to merely a "dwarf planet". Now, the debate over whether Pluto should be a planet is being reignited, raising the possibility that it could be upgraded back to the ninth planet in our solar system.

Recently, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophyics held a public debate that included three major space authorities, including the former chair of the IAU's planet definition commitee, Dr. Owen Gingerich. Following the debate, the audience voted that Pluto should be reinstated as a planet.

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