Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Make Pluto Great Again

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Make Pluto Great Again

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Editorial Exchange: Make Pluto great again

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An editorial from the Toronto Star, published Feb. 26:

Poor Pluto, upstaged again. The big news in astronomy this past week was the exciting discovery of a system of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the star known as Trappist-1, a mere 39 light years away. The enticing possibility that the system might host life overshadowed another development worthy of attention - the renewed push to restore planetary status to Pluto.

The icy dwarf was abruptly demoted back in 2006 when the International Astronomical Union changed the definition of "planet" and ruled that Pluto no longer qualified. All of a sudden our solar system officially went from nine to only eight planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Earth, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. …

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