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15th Nov '16 10:15:16 AM unokkun
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** [[https://xkcd.com/1458/ #1458]] parodies the iconic [[Franchise/StarWars "That's no moon – It's a space station"]] by suggesting a new category called "dwarf moon".
-->[[AltText GENERAL JAN DODONNA: An analysis of the plans provided by Princess Leia has reinvigorated the arguments of the 'artificial moonlet' and 'rogue planet-station' camps. I fear this question is fracturing the Rebellion.]]
12th Nov '16 9:28:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* Averted (staggeringly) in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''The Sun Makers'', in which the last of humanity in a resource-stripped Solar System are relocated to Pluto, which now has six artificial suns. In the episode's defense, it was broadcast less than ten months before the discovery of Pluto's moon Charon, which revealed how ridiculously small Pluto really was. No excuse for the atrocious grasp of Newtonian mechanics, however.

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* Averted (staggeringly) in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''The "The Sun Makers'', Makers", in which the last of humanity in a resource-stripped Solar System are relocated to Pluto, which now has six artificial suns. In the episode's defense, it was broadcast less than ten months before the discovery of Pluto's moon Charon, which revealed how ridiculously small Pluto really was. No excuse for the atrocious grasp of Newtonian mechanics, however.
12th Nov '16 9:22:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* During the climatic caper of ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'', the team uses planets in the solar system as their callsigns. Benji, the local ButtMonkey, ends up as Pluto.

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* During the climatic caper of ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'', the team uses planets in the solar system as their callsigns. Benji, the local ButtMonkey, ends up as Pluto.
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* During the climatic caper of ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'', the team uses planets in the solar system as their callsigns. Benji, the local ButtMonkey, ends up as Pluto.
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26th Oct '16 7:29:21 AM Eievie
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Pluto has become the ButtMonkey of [[UsefulNotes/TheSolarSystem the solar system]]. Want to get someone's attention? Show that things are serious? That a villain can put his money where his mouth is? Screw the {{status quo|IsGod}}! This time, change is happening, and it's something big! Something cosmic! Something on a large-scale level that would shock the world if it happened in RealLife! A change that will alter the universe! ... Er, well, at least the galaxy... The solar system?

What do you mean ReedRichardsIsUseless? What can we alter about the universe that would be a big deal [[DisSimile without being a big deal]]? It's not like we can blow up a planet...

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Pluto has become the ButtMonkey of [[UsefulNotes/TheSolarSystem the solar system]]. Want to get someone's attention? Show that things are serious? That a villain can put his money where his mouth is? Screw the {{status quo|IsGod}}! This time, change is happening, and it's something big! Something cosmic! Something on a large-scale level that would shock the world if it happened in RealLife! A change that will alter the universe! ... Er, universe! …er, well, at least the galaxy... galaxy… The solar system?

What do you mean ReedRichardsIsUseless? What can we alter about the universe that would be a big deal [[DisSimile without being a big deal]]? It's not like we can blow up a planet...
planet…



The reason Pluto was downgraded from a planet[[note]]a word which, prior to 2006, had no formal definition[[/note]] to a dwarf planet is based on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IAU_definition_of_planet 2006 formalization of the definition]][[note]]which itself sparked a lot of still-ongoing controversy and criticism, both within and without the astronomical community, for several reasons that include and go beyond Pluto's reclassification, so beware InternetBackdraft[[/note]]. To qualify, an astronomical body has to have four characteristics: (1) It's in orbit around a star or stellar remnant; (2) it's big enough to be spherical from its own gravity; (3) it's not so big that thermonuclear fusion has begun (in other words, it's not a star); and (4) it has cleared its orbit of all similar-sized objects. When the definition was finalized, it was quickly found that Pluto fails the fourth criterion, as it is very similar in size, composition, and orbit to hundreds of other objects in a region of space called the Kuiper Belt. Ironically, Pluto is still one of the most valuable objects for exploration, since it's the closest Kuiper Belt object and can provide science with information about the solar system's formation. So much so, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Horizons New Horizons]]'' (which was launched in January 2006, seven months before the IAU worked its magic) flew past the planetoid in July 2015.

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The reason Pluto was downgraded from a planet[[note]]a word which, prior to 2006, had no formal definition[[/note]] to a dwarf planet is based on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IAU_definition_of_planet 2006 formalization of the definition]][[note]]which itself sparked a lot of still-ongoing controversy and criticism, both within and without the astronomical community, for several reasons that include and go beyond Pluto's reclassification, so beware InternetBackdraft[[/note]]. To qualify, an astronomical body has to have four characteristics: (1) It's characteristics:
#It's
in orbit around a star or stellar remnant; (2) it's remnant;
#It's
big enough to be spherical from its own gravity; (3) it's gravity;
#It's
not so big that thermonuclear fusion has begun (in other words, it's not a star); and (4) it star);
#It
has cleared its orbit of all similar-sized objects. objects;
When the definition was finalized, it was quickly found that Pluto fails the fourth criterion, as it is very similar in size, composition, and orbit to hundreds of other objects in a region of space called the Kuiper Belt. Ironically, Pluto is still one of the most valuable objects for exploration, since it's the closest Kuiper Belt object and can provide science with information about the solar system's formation. So much so, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Horizons New Horizons]]'' (which was launched in January 2006, seven months before the IAU worked its magic) flew past the planetoid in July 2015.
29th Sep '16 4:35:23 AM anza_sb
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', Pluto is among the world's many mistakes, [[spoiler:which the world sucks away into the Void]].
16th Sep '16 6:08:48 PM GothicNarcissus
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* Interestingly, Ceres played the trope straight before inverting it: upon discovery in 1801, it was classified as a planet, along with Pallas, Juno and Vesta, until further researches shrunk their size while countless small, similar bodies kept popping up. Thus, they were all re-categorised as asteroids. With the new classification standards in 2006, Ceres was re-categorised again, so it was "demoted" from planet to asteroid, and then "promoted" from asteroid to dwarf planet.
8th Sep '16 9:53:30 AM tyrekecorrea
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceRacers''is a kids' show about space exploration and the technology that is used to augment same. Since the aforementioned content is supplied by NASA itself, Pluto is left off of flight plans and out of discussions.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceRacers''is ''WesternAnimation/SpaceRacers'' is a kids' show about space exploration and the technology that is used to augment same. Since the aforementioned content is supplied by NASA itself, Pluto is left off of flight plans and out of discussions.
8th Sep '16 9:46:34 AM tyrekecorrea
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceRacers''is a kids' show about space exploration and the technology that is used to augment same. Since the aforementioned content is supplied by NASA itself, Pluto is left off of flight plans and out of discussions.
29th Aug '16 11:43:16 AM MattP5557
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* In a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch where the planets were alive Pluto is kicked out of their party eventually they agree to let hhim back in in exchange for sexual favors.
26th Aug '16 3:35:36 AM wertler
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLEPgos2pOE "Requiem For Pluto"]] by 8bit bEtty is essentially a dirge for the former planet.
--> Let's take a moment to bow our heads
--> We've lost our dear friend Pluto
--> I know he was not large
--> and 4.6 billion miles is far away
--> but we loved him
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