City of Roses
What's the term for it now...plunon or similar? Apparantly, Pluto has company in its new naming: Xena (of all things) and Ceres (located in the Asteroid Belt).
Pluto is currently considered what's known as a "dwarf planet", or an object that is in orbit around the Sun and has a hydrostatic equilibrium (or nearly round shape) but, unlike a defined planet, has not "cleared the neighborhood", or that they are celestial bodies which do not clear their orbital areas.
But The International Astronomers Union is considering putting together a new category of celestial objects known as "Trans-Neptunian Objects", in which Pluto would serve as their ringleader of sorts, which a Trans-Neptunian Object is considered any object that orbits the sun at a greater distance on average than Neptune (specifically over 200 years to complete an orbit). The category may likely include but will not be limited to the following:
Ceres (A round asteroid and the largest object in the asteroid belt orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter)
Charon (A moon of Pluto)
2003 UB313, a.k.a Xena (A round Pluto-sized sphere out in the limits of our current space scope)
Actually, Ceres was previously a planet for some time. In 1801, a Catholic monk named Giuseppe Piazzi accidentally discovered Ceres while trying to chart another star, and originally thought it was a comet until it was refuted it was moving too slow to possibly be one, and was declared a planet for about half a century, until more asteroids were discovered and it was considered too small to be a planet.
Who else here thinks Pluto should run as an independent planet?
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