August 24th – Pluto Demoted Day

[Laura Noakes | Deputy Editor]

 

I don’t know about you, but I’m still pretty upset that Pluto is no longer a planet – it completely wrecked my childhood way of remembering the planets (My Very Efficient Memory Just Summed Up Nine Planets)! Poor, poor Pluto got the worst demotion ever on the 24th August 2006 when it was officially re-classified as a dwarf planet, rather than a planet.

 

The upside to Pluto’s demotion is that August 24th is now a great day to get geeky about Space. Read up about the solar system and study those remaining eight planets. And even though it’s no longer a planet, Pluto is still pretty interesting. It was first discovered in 1930, is closer to the sun than Neptune and Uranus, and it will take 249 years for Pluto to circle the sun once.

 
So, poor demoted Pluto aside, why not use August 24th to brush up on your space knowledge?

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August 24th – Pluto Demoted Day