Pluto is a celestial object with an eccentric orbit. A minor planet classification (MPC) is its identification now, but for 76 years, Pluto was considered a full-fledged planet. A group of astronomers are working to reclassify it as a planet again, while yet another equally influential cabal of astronomers are fighting to keep it status quo. Business Standard brought this interesting topic to our attention in their article, “Planet status for Pluto: Debate about classification is likely to rage on.”

Even with all the late night talk show jokes and memes, this is a dead serious debate which represents opposing views on the philosophy of science. Those fighting for planet status insists that the formal classification system has no utility. Those working to keep it a MPC believes this was an important decision arrived at by consensus.

Regardless of what team you are rooting for, the debate about classification is likely to rage on.

Melody K. Smith

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