Week 3 – Core Blog #3

Why do you think Pluto’s status is an important part of the intro to Core One?

I think the introduction of Pluto’s status to core one is important because we get to see who supports Pluto as being a planet and the others that oppose it. Are the people who support Pluto too stubborn to adjust to changes in the scientific world?? Or is it that the people who see Pluto as a dwarf planet were just too lenient to the changes that the high authorities in the scientific world make? By bringing this topic up for discussion, we get to hear both side’s point of view and reasoning and what other controversial issues it may include.

On the plus side about educating students about this topic, it contributes to ridding the ignorance within people and potentially preventing unnecessary bitterness towards the topic of Pluto being a “dwarf planet”. To be honest, I was angry when I found out that Pluto was no longer a planet but I never knew the reasons why it was degraded. All I was told was that Pluto was just a tiny ball of ice orbiting in our solar system. A couple of years back I thought to myself, “That’s it?! THAT’S why it’s not considered a planet anymore?! Size doesn’t matter!”

After reading the articles on Pluto and the research conducted to support its claim about Pluto being a dwarf planet, I now understand the other side of the story and I can finally stop feeling bitter due to my ignorance on the topic. Since I have been enlightened by information from both sides of the story, I can be open-minded and place my opinion on this topic. I feel that some people who are against the idea of Pluto being a dwarf planet is making this subject too personal but I must not forget to mention that they are not wrong either. In fact, neither sides are right or wrong because this topic has shown us how little we actually know about the universe, our theories taught worldwide that might be altered by future inventions and experimental break-through, and what does qualify to be considered a planet in our solar system.

My question: When you found out that Pluto was no longer a planet in our solar system, how did you feel about it? Were you apathetic, sad, or angry? Why did you feel this emotion?

~Vivian Tran~