After the Pluto’s demotion from planet-status, astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson received hate mail from thousands of elementary school children. Images via PBS
Well kids, I guess you can add me to the Pluto-hatin’ club. I’ve got your back Dr. Tyson!
If Pluto landed on Earth, it would only stretch from California to Kansas. It’s smaller than our own Moon and half ice. It orbits more like a comet than a planet. It has more in common with the members of the icy and distant Kuiper belt than the larger planets. In fact, it could take the cake as Kuiper king, Emperor of dwarf planets. Don’t hate me, folks. Science is an ever-evolving tapestry, and that tapestry has 8 planets :)
For those who don’t know, this is the golden record, it contains numerous details of life on Earth, including images, audio and even brainwaves. The record was placed aboard the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft which will be leaving our solar system shortly,and is intended for any extraterrestrial life which may come across it.
The great Carl Sagan had originally asked for permission to have the Beatles track ‘Here Comes the Sun’ featured on the record, while the Beatles agreed, their record company, EMI, declined due to copyright reasons.