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Welcome back, Pluto

Let’s get one thing straight: Scientists have always been wishy-washy about the cosmos even since the time of Galileo.

One day Earth is the center of the universe, and the next century it’s not.

So it’s no surprise that scientists are now picking at an old wound by turning to Pluto and changing it once again to a real planet.

It’s as if they knocked on Pluto’s door with a nice bouquet of flowers and begged for it to come back like your old ex might, even though you’ve grown cold toward them like Pluto’s frozen surface.

And don’t think Pluto forgot that scientists claimed it as a dwarf planet in 2006, which was a name they invented just for the lonely wanderer.

Now, experts are changing their minds about Pluto and are calling it a planet after a poll was taken by the International Astronomical Union last week. Although Pluto only matched two of the three requirements the IAU says makes a planet, the people have spoken, and they want Pluto back.

For many millennials, Pluto’s downgrade happened when most of us were at a young and nostalgic age. A majority of us latched onto Pluto like an old pet that had to “go away to a farm upstate.”  I remember as a preteen seeing the news and thinking, “Did a large asteroid strike it and break it up so much that it’s no longer a planet? Did it swing off its orbit and become a rogue planet?”

Sadly, it was just because a group of lab coats thought they could judge a planet by its cover, and not look deeper where they would find a molten core. A core with feelings, mind you!

It takes, Pluto 248 Earth years to orbit the sun, and since 1930 it has been discovered, named a dwarf planet and re-named a dwarf planet, before it could even finish one-third of its orbit.

In all seriousness, though, I think many 20somethings and beyond will be very pleased to welcome back our frosty friend into the solar systems. For newer textbooks that claim only eight planets, a new edition should be in order.

About The Author

Luke Janke

Luke Janke is a super senior studying journalism at FGCU. When he’s not listening to podcasts, he’s busy producing his own podcast, Full Pulp. Concerts and music are at the forefront of his horizon, and when there’s an ounce of free time you’ll find him in his home studio laying down tracks for his music project, Bull Moose Party. As a self-proclaimed nihilist, his affinity for death is emphasized by the authentic squirrel skull found on his desk in the newsroom.