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30th Mar '17 9:19:58 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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That might have changed when the first clear picture of Pluto taken by ''New Horizons'' [[https://www.nasa.gov/feature/new-horizons-spacecraft-displays-pluto-s-big-heart-0 revealed a large heart formation on its surface]][[note]]currently unofficially named by NASA (the IAU has to approve it) as the [[http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/15/8972271/nasa-new-horizons-new-pluto-image Tombaugh Regio,]] after the discoverer of Pluto, Clyde Tombaugh[[/note]] making it an internet sensation and possibly the most [[{{Moe}} adorable (dwarf) planet ever]]. Indeed [[http://pluto.jhuapl.edu other images from the same spacecraft]] have shown Pluto is far from being a dead world covered with craters, instead having large -for its size- mountains, what seem to be dunes, and complex surface features that show (at least past) geological activity[[note]]Not to mention both [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_geological_features_on_Pluto it]] and its largest moon, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_geological_features_on_Charon Charon]], may become geek's paradises if the IAU has no problems with those names[[/note]].

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That might have changed when the first clear picture of Pluto taken by ''New Horizons'' [[https://www.nasa.gov/feature/new-horizons-spacecraft-displays-pluto-s-big-heart-0 revealed a large heart formation on its surface]][[note]]currently unofficially named by NASA (the IAU has to approve it) as the [[http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/15/8972271/nasa-new-horizons-new-pluto-image Tombaugh Regio,]] after the discoverer of Pluto, Clyde Tombaugh[[/note]] making it an internet sensation and possibly the most [[{{Moe}} adorable (dwarf) planet ever]]. Indeed [[http://pluto.jhuapl.edu other images from the same spacecraft]] have shown Pluto is far from being a dead world covered with craters, instead having large -for its size- mountains, what seem to be dunes, and complex surface features that show (at least past) geological activity[[note]]Not activity.[[note]]Not to mention both [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_geological_features_on_Pluto it]] and its largest moon, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_geological_features_on_Charon Charon]], may become geek's paradises if the IAU has no problems with those names[[/note]].
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On the other hand, one might be inclined to wonder how it relates to the death of [[Anime/SailorMoon Meio Setsuna]]...

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On the other hand, one might be inclined to wonder how it relates to the death of [[Anime/SailorMoon Meio Setsuna]]...
Setsuna]]....
15th Feb '17 9:27:53 PM ZootyCutie94
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* The ''[[=StoryBots=]]'' educational song "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHAqT4hXnMw We are the Planets]]" features the first eight planets with a verse...while Pluto is seen sulking in the background for a split second.

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* The ''[[=StoryBots=]]'' ''[=StoryBots=]'' educational song "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHAqT4hXnMw We are the Planets]]" features the first eight planets with a verse...while Pluto is seen sulking in the background for a split second.
15th Feb '17 9:27:32 PM ZootyCutie94
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* The ''[[=StoryBots=]]'' educational song "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHAqT4hXnMw We are the Planets]]" features the first eight planets with a verse...while Pluto is seen sulking in the background for a split second.
9th Jan '17 4:07:23 PM Schol-R-LEA
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On the other hand, one might be inclined to wonder how it relates to the death of [[Anime/SailorMoon Meio Setsuna]]...
31st Dec '16 7:47:03 PM jormis29
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* Averted in the novelization of ''Series/RedDwarf''. Humanity decides to turn one of the nine planets into a gigantic rubbish dump, with a Series/EurovisionSongContest style contest deciding the loser. It comes down to a fight between Earth and Pluto. Earth loses, and becomes a ''literal'' CrapsackWorld.

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* Averted in the novelization of ''Series/RedDwarf''.''Literature/RedDwarf''. Humanity decides to turn one of the nine planets into a gigantic rubbish dump, with a Series/EurovisionSongContest style contest deciding the loser. It comes down to a fight between Earth and Pluto. Earth loses, and becomes a ''literal'' CrapsackWorld.
31st Dec '16 7:10:47 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in the novelization of ''Series/RedDwarf''. Humanity decides to turn one of the nine planets into a gigantic rubbish dump, with a EurovisionSongContest style contest deciding the loser. It comes down to a fight between Earth and Pluto. Earth loses, and becomes a ''literal'' CrapsackWorld.

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* Averted in the novelization of ''Series/RedDwarf''. Humanity decides to turn one of the nine planets into a gigantic rubbish dump, with a EurovisionSongContest Series/EurovisionSongContest style contest deciding the loser. It comes down to a fight between Earth and Pluto. Earth loses, and becomes a ''literal'' CrapsackWorld.
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.
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