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The word "planet" has been divided into two newer concepts: major planets and dwarf planets.

The definition of major planet excludes Pluto because a major planet must have cleared its orbit of asteroids, comets, and other debris. Pluto is a part of the Kuiper belt, and has not absorbed most of the cometary bodies into itself, or captured them as satellites. Pluto is therefore a dwarf planet.

The rules of a planet are:

  • It orbits a star or the remnants of a star
  • It is large enough for gravity to squash it into a sphere-like shape
  • It must have cleared its orbit

Pluto's orbit has many icy bodies in its path, most of them in the Kuiper Belt where Pluto spends most of its time.

The definition of planet was changed in 2006 by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). As a dwarf planet Pluto is in the same category as Eris (which is bigger than Pluto), Ceres (king of the asteroids), and possibly other bodies being discovered in the Kuiper Belt.

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โˆ™ 2009-11-04 12:30:59

Pluto is much smaller than was believed originally, when it was discovered. The modern definition of a major planet, however, is that a planet has somehow "cleared the neighborhod" of its orbit, whatever that means.

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because it's not! So, sorry PLUTO

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It is smaller than the Moon. That literally isn't a planet.

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Q: Why is Pluto no longer classified as a major planet?
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Why should Pluto be classified a major planet?

It shouldn't. Pluto doesn't meet the qualifications to be classified as a major planet.

Why is Pluto no longer considered to be a major planet?

Pluto was never considered a major planet. The primary reason it is now classified as a dwarf planet is because it has not cleared its orbit of debris. Furthermore, some Kuiper Belt objects are larger than Pluto. If Pluto is a planet, Ceres should be too (which was classified as a planet longer than Pluto was), and Eris, and why not Charon, which is more like Pluto's co-planet?

Which of the bodies in your solar system is no longer considered a major planet?


What are the nine major celestial bodies that orbit the sun?

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Of these the first 8 are planets. Pluto is apparently no longer classified as a planet.

When was Pluto considered a major planet?

Pluto was considered a major planet from 1930 to 2006.

Is Pluto an inferior planet?

Pluto is no longer considered a planet by major astronomers. It has been reclassified as a Kuiper Belt object- a sort of secondary asteroid belt among the outer planets, not the one between Jupiter and Mars. as such it is no longer a planet.

How many years was Pluto considered a major planet?

Pluto was considered a major planet for 76 years.

Who determined that Pluto is no more a planet?

Anyone who understands the definition of a planet knows that Pluto is a dwarf planet and not a major planet.

Is there enough evidence to support the idea that Pluto is not a planet?

That's a difficult question to answer, just because of how it's phrased. It is a common misconception that Pluto is no longer considered a planet. This idea is silly, though. Pluto is very obviously a planet. It is, however, considered a minor planet, rather than a major one, because it does not match defining qualifications to be a major planet. The reason it was not originally classified as a minor planet is that technology simply wasn't sharp enough to give us a good look at it. Pluto remained something of an enigma, with its highly elliptical orbit and elusive features. We just didn't know how to classify Pluto. As technology has progressed, we have been able to identify that Pluto is just too small to be considered a major planet. It is instead considered to be a dwarf planet, a category not even recognized at the time of Pluto's discovery. If we were to consider Pluto a major planet, we would also have to consider Ceres, Eris, and Makemake major planets. To synopsize your answer, no, there is not enough evidence to support the idea that Pluto is not a planet. Mainstream science doesn't consider Pluto to not be a planet. Popular culture captured Pluto's changed classification and incorporated it into mythology.

Is Pluto an inner or an outer planet?

Pluto is not longer a planet is has be re-categorized as a dwarf planet - but either way it would fall into the 'outer' category.its an outer planet

What planet and dwarf planet alternate as eighth position from the Sun?

Neptune is the farthest planet from the sun. Pluto's orbit is sometimes farther out, but Pluto is no longer considered a planet.

What planet disappeared?

No planet actually disappeared. A couple of years ago, there was agreement among most professional astronomers that Pluto should not be considered a major planet. It is no longer listed as a major planet of our solar system, but it is still there.

When was Pluto not known as a dwarf planet?

Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006, after being known as a major planet for 76 years.

What is Pluto called now?

Pluto was reclassified as a minor dwarf planet instead of a major planet. However, the planetary body is still known as Pluto.

What planet do scientists NOT consider a major planet?

the only planet that scientists do not consider a planet is Pluto, (but they also found new planets in the asteroid belt.)Pluto

What makes the planet Pluto special?

The planet Pluto may be considered because it's the smallest and farthest from the sun. However, in actuality, Pluto is no longer a major planet and nor is it called Pluto. On 24 August 2006 the International Astronomical Union defined the term "planet" for the first time, and this definition excluded Pluto. The IAU reclassified Pluto within a new category of dwarf planets. After the reclassification, Pluto was added to the list of minor planets and given the number 134340.

What is the tenth planet away from the sun?

There are only 8 major planets in the solar system, since Pluto (the old ninth planet) was re classified as a dwarf planet. If we did count the 5 additional dwarf planets, then Pluto would be the tenth one out, since there is a dwarf planet called Ceres between Mars and Jupiter.

Name the major planet in the solar system?


Why is Pluto no longer one of the major planets?

It fails to qualify under the new definition of a planet, because it is not the dominant object in the neighbourhood of its orbit.

If Pluto is a dwarf planet is it still considered a planet?

No. It is considered as a dwarf planet If you order a small Pepsi, you still get Pepsi, right? Pluto is a planet. It is a special class of planet; it is a dwarf planet. What it is not is a major planet.

Is Pluto the smallest planet in our solar system?

No. here are the statistics:Mercury is the smallest major planet.Ceres is the smallest dwarf planet.Pluto is the second largest dwarf planet.

Did Pluto still recognize as a planet?

Sort of, but not really. The concept of "Planet" was redefined in 2006 into more detailed categories: Major Planet, Dwarf Planet, and Minor Planet.Pluto was reclassified as a Dwarf Planet.

What is the ninth planet in Earth's solar system?

There are currently only eight major planets in the Solar System. Starting nearest to The Sun and working outwards these are: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The object which was once counted as the ninth planet, furthest from The Sun, is called Pluto. Pluto is now considered, to a majority of scientists, as a dwarf planet, which would still classify it as a planet, just not a "major" planet. (Editor's note: My reasoning behind saying that Pluto is still a planet is derived from the new title "dwarf planet." "Planet" is still in the title, thus, Pluto is still a planet. Unless the scientists wish to classify Pluto as one of Neptune's moons, then it is no longer a planet.)

Do you say Pluto when you mention the major planets?

No, because Pluto is not considered a planet by the scientific community.

Is Pluto still considered a planet?

Some may still think that Pluto is a planet, but the IAU (International Astronomical Union) has set conditions that exclude Pluto as a planet. Pluto was considered a major planet until recently, but the discovery of another "planet" in an orbit beyond that of Pluto caused the IAU to more clearly define what a planet is. Pluto did not make the cut. It has not cleared its orbit of material, which is one requirement for major planets. Use the link below for more information. In my decision Pluto is not considered as a planet because it is very very smallest planet and as though it is destroyed an dmy friends do agree it is not a planet