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Pluto may have lost its status as a planet, has more than 13 years ago, but don’t tell that to the NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine.
Speaking at the University of Colorado and most recently, Bridenstine made it clear that he thinks that Pluto is a planet, despite the fact that it is controversial and degraded, Dec. 24, 2006, the International Astronomical Union.
“Just so you know, in my opinion, Pluto is a planet,” the former Oklahoma congressman, said. “You can also write to the NASA administrator, declared that Pluto is a planet again. I’m holding on to the hand, it’s the way I learned it, and I’m committed to.”
In this image released by NASA in March of 2017, shows Pluto, lit from behind by the sun as the New Horizons spacecraft will travel away from it, at a distance of about 120,000 miles (200,000 km). The probe will be in the ring in 2019 at the latest, through the exploration of a remote and mysterious world. (NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute, via AP)
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While the IAU’s decision to demote Pluto to a dwarf planet is, finally, Bridenstine joins a growing list of scholars and experts who believe Pluto should be promoted back to his own planet.
Last year, Philip Metzger, a planetary scientist at the University of Central Florida, argued in an article published in the journal Icarus that is the reason why Pluto lost its planetary status, it is not valid.
The IAU said that much of Pluto’s characteristics are more suited to a dwarf planet, including the space around it, and with a clear track. Pluto will be dealt with frozen gases, and other objects in the Kuiper belt, the researchers note.
Pluto, which is a multi-layered atmospheres, moons, and other features commonly associated with the planets also, and is also influenced by Neptune’s gravity.
Pluto, as seen by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft during its epic flyby of the dwarf planet in July 2015.
The IAU defines a planet as a celestial body that “has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit, which means that it has to be the main attraction at his job.
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At the time of Metzger’s argument that the IAU, told Fox News it had not yet received a formal proposal for the amendment of the definition of a planet.
“There is a very obvious and well-known manner to the movement of the IAU, which is to propose an IAU Resolution, the relevant group(s), and the Division. To date, no Resolutions are proposed,” says a spokesman, said by e-mail. “It’s good and healthy to discuss these things.
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Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this story.