The only reason he said that is the fact that traditionally, we have been taught that Pluto is a planet and he got used to the old idea. However, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told COWX News in Denver this week he still views Pluto as a planet.
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In 2006, the International Astronomical Union downgraded Pluto's status to that of dwarf planet after other objects of a similar size were discovered in its vicinity. According to the union, a celestial body should orbit the Sun, should have a round shape, and should clear its neighbourhood, which means the planet has to be the dominant gravitational body in its orbit, reports Space.com.
"Just so you know, in my view Pluto is a planet". In an event earlier this week, Bridenstine mentioned that the celestial body should be reclassified as a planet because that's how he had "studied about it in school".
There was also a certain degree of NIMBY-ism behind the decision: astronomers had discovered multiple objects in our solar system that were indeed larger than Pluto (including ).
Icy, rocky Pluto had been the smallest of the nine planets; its diameter under three-quarters that of the moon and almost a fifth of Earth.
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Astronomers were not convinced that Pluto could meet the last criteria, following which Pluto was voted out of its planetary status.
"Streator has always been very proud of him and the discovery of Pluto", said Ed Brozak, a Streator councilman and Streator Tourism director. "Yes! Pluto is back". And certainly, we do not want a lone ranger (Bridenstine) helping the underdog (Pluto) to emerge victorious on the battlefield against an organisation (IAU).
Despite being NASA chief, Bridenstine has no background in science.
Stern says that Earth would not have been considered a planet under the official definition if it was present in the Kuiper belt area - since this region is too far and wide for something as small as earth to clear its neighbourhood.
In August 2006, the IAU attracted the attention of the public and the scientific community after it released a new definition for the term "planet".