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Do you count Pluto as a planet?

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So Pluto was demoted to dwarf-planet status in 2006, but do you still think of it as a planet? Do you count 9 planets or 8? Personally I know Pluto is classed as a dwarf planet but still call it the "nine planets" and count it in. I remember learning about planets when Pluto still was one!
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I still consider Pluto as a planet and count 9 planets as this is how I've learned in school. Maybe my children will learn differently and with time people will only count 8 planets as they will feel more comfortable thinking this way due to the fact that this is what they will learn.

If I am really used to something, for years and years, it is hard for me, as for many others, to simply change over night. There is a big street in my home town that they've changed the name to, but people still calls it by the old name, while children call it by the new name, because this is how they've learned it.

It is all about habit. They grow fast and is hard to lose them.

Nice question.
Have a nice day :)

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When I was growing up Pluto was considered one of the nine planets, but as we become more technology advanced we discover things that can cause us to re-evaluate our point of view.

Once scientists set a clear definition for the word "Planet" it was discovered that Pluto did not meet the criteria because Pluto's orbit crosses Neptune's orbit unlike any of the other planets which do not cross into any other orbit.

However Pluto is not alone in it's newly defined category. Ceres, an object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter is also a dwarf planet in addition to an object named UB313 which is further out from the sun than Pluto.

Hope this helps.

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To me it doesn't matter whether or not Pluto is classified as a planet. Just because Pluto has been demoted to a dwarf planet doesn't take anything away from the fact that it exists and has beauty. Regardless of the current classification of Pluto, the quasi-planet known as Pluto still retains its history and therefore its special status in the minds of human beings. Just because technically Pluto doesn't qualify as a planet doesn't mean that its existence doesn't signify something greater.

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Yes, for two reasons. Firstly, Pluto has multiple moons and its own atmosphere. Although it may be small, this stability would suggest that it deserves its planetary rank back. This is evidence is compelling enough to prompt NASA to rethink their old decision.

Secondly, and more importantly, I am a millennial who learnt that there were nine planets in the solar system when I was in the first grade. I can't stand change, and (like so many other millennials) really want Pluto to be a planet again.

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I don't count Pluto as a planet. That said, I get progressively less interested in planets the further they are from the earth. So anything the distance away of Pluto is not something I really care about. So it makes it easier for me not to care whether or not they call it a planet. In contrast, if one of the closer planets had a status change, I would probably have more to say about it.

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Pluto has been reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006. Pluto is actually smaller in size then earths moon, and Saturn's moon Titan. Scientists now belief, that Pluto is a "run away" Moon that escaped Neptune's gravity, each year going further and further out into space. Do to
It's size, I don't believe it should be considered a planet!:)

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No, I don't as it is technically no longer considered a planet. However, I am not one that would make a big deal about it if somebody did classify it as a planet.

I count 8 planets.

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