Questions on Planets
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The paper reveals how politics determine the direction planetary classification will take in astronomy. More than that, the paper looks at how the current debate over Pluto evolved, who was invested in what, and the history of mankind's efforts to arrive at a working typology for the solar system. Additionally, the paper considers the implications of the new classification structure.
From the Paper:"What is a dwarf planet? Answer: A dwarf planet is an object that does not gravitationally dominate its small region of the solar system, is not a satellite, and is nearly round. Looking at the items discussed in one of the sidebars found within the article, it is clear that the twelve dwarf planets are not really planets but are, instead, dwarfs for the simple reason that at least one of them is spherical rather than round and the rest do not appear to be items that dominate their sector of the solar system. Admittedly, though, there is some question about whether or not the current definition of..."
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