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Pluto just got denied planetary status AGAIN

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Way over yonder in Berlin, Germany, the annual festival of media art and digital culture known as "transmediale" is just getting underway. This year's theme: BWPWAP (Back When Pluto Was a Planet).

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Mike Brown, the astronomer who killed Pluto, was invited to speak at the festival's opening ceremony, which included a debate over Pluto's demotion and a vote to reinstate its planetary status. Brown, of course, accepted, and has been documenting the festival on twitter.

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Here's where the festival is going down:

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Judging from Brown's latest string of tweets, the Pluto debate is over, and the vote — conducted with yellow cards — has been carried out:

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Aaaaand here's the final tally on the Resolution to reinstate Pluto:

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BOOM. Pluto is denied. Again. As it damn well should be.

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And Brown, twitter handle still in good order, proceeds to Paris to continue spreading the good word:

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All images via the Pluto Killer himself.
Learn more about transmediale here.
Read more about how Mike Brown killed Pluto and why it had it coming here.

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DISCUSSION

ellen-rose
Ellen-Rose

This brouhaha is silly. They didn't strip Pluto of planethood — they simply added an adjective to it. Gas giant planet, rocky planet, dwarf planet. They've even decided that Ceres is a dwarf planet, and Vesta a proto-planet. So we now have three (or four if you count the protos) lists of planets. In all likelihood, the two largest categories can serenely sit at four each. The third category is getting additions every year or five.

But the bit about having to "clear its orbital region" is bogus. None of the local planets has completely cleared its region. What about those dread Earth-crossing asteroids we keep hearing about. Is that clear? Neptune hasn't even cleared out Pluto!

Call the whole thing what it is: a convenience in counting and classifying large chunks of matter hanging about the neighborhood.