Pluto was demoted to “dwarf planet” status in 2006, and our solar system has never been the same. But should the change have ever been decreed?
Until that sad day, the lonely celestial body about 3.7 billion miles from its sun enjoyed the same rights and privileges as its larger, more glamorous neighbors. Then 424 self-appointed arbiters from the ivory tower that is the International Astronomical Union saw fit to take that status away from poor Pluto. But many have argued that the once and future planet should have its status restored.