What this means is that we will no longer include it as part of our solar system.The debate about whether or not Pluto should hold its status as a planet created such a conflict within the community of world astronomers that it has been called the Great Pluto War.Finally, the reading implies that people will soon forget that Pluto was ever a planet.
While Pluto does not, neither do other planets including Earth.
Technically speaking, many planets have asteroids as neighbors, therefore, they do not clear their orbit.
Children in particular have a thing with Pluto and are perhaps the least willing to part with it.
The name for the now dwarf planet was put to a vote in 1930.
Pluto was originally discovered in 1930 when scientists were searching for something that was interfering with Uranus's orbit.
Though Pluto was estimated to be similar in size to Earth, it was later discovered that it was even smaller than our own moon, as well as many other moons.It is now known that there are thousands of planetary objects similar to Pluto, including Eris which is slightly larger than Pluto.Choosing to reclassify Pluto to a dwarf planet honors the fact that science is about making new discoveries.This section is now a standard part of the TOEFL i BT.Previously, a writing test was administered as a separate test (TWE) from the paper and computer based TOEFL.However, the lecture refutes this idea, suggesting that the astronomy community was not fairly represented in the vote to demote Pluto to dwarf status, and that many people disagree with the decision.According to the reading, Pluto was demoted due to its size.Many astronomers believe that if electronic voting had been an option, Pluto along with two other celestial objects, would now be considered planets.Furthermore, the definition that was decided upon for a planet - that it must clear the neighborhood around its orbit - doesn't technically hold up, since Earth, Mars, Neptune, and Jupiter all have asteroids as neighbors.Some were so angry at the resolution that they began putting petitions together to have the ruling overturned.In New Mexico, where Pluto's discoverer was a resident, state officials have declared March 13th, Pluto Planet Day.