Pluto's demotion to 'dwarf planet' has some CT residents disturbed

Pluto is no longer the ninth planet in the solar system and that has some southwestern Connecticut residents disturbed. On Thursday, astronomers demoted Pluto from a planet to the status of "dwarf planet."

News 12 Staff

Aug 24, 2006, 11:53 PM

Updated 6,482 days ago

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Pluto's demotion to 'dwarf planet' has some CT residents disturbed
Pluto is no longer the ninth planet in the solar system and that has some southwestern Connecticut residents disturbed. On Thursday, astronomers demoted Pluto from a planet to the status of "dwarf planet." Back in 1999, science teacher Sal Buchetto, of Stamford, lead a rally to keep Pluto a planet. Seven years later, Buchetto says he is disappointed by the demotion. The reason for the reclassification is that Pluto is actually smaller than the earth?s moon. Astronomers have discovered several other objects in the solar system that are of the same size or even a little larger than Pluto. They determined it would be easier to demote Pluto, rather than call all the other objects planets. Some people say they can't fault the logic behind the decision, but they still don't like it.


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