Brian May visited with NASA's New Horizons team in 2015.
You might not care what Keith Richards or Jimmy Page think about Pluto's status as a dwarf planet, but when Queen guitarist Brian May speaks up about it, it's worth a listen.
May, who received his doctorate in astrophysics in 2007, posted his Pluto thoughts on Instagram late Wednesday after hearing about how NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine still thinks of Pluto as a full-on planet.
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) tightened up its definition of a planet in 2006 and demoted Pluto to dwarf-planet status, sparking an ongoing debate that just won't rest. May is on the pro-planet side of the argument.
Well, not that I have any authority... but, for what it’s worth, I strongly agree. Pluto was discovered and named as a planet a while before I was born. At that time it was generally instinctively understood that a Planet was one of a family of roughly spherical objects that orbited the Sun (rather than orbiting something else). So, to me, Pluto is a classical PLANET. End of story. We can easily choose to make Pluto the outer edge of the classical planet zone, in which case we’ll end up with 9 planets and an ever-increasing number of Kuiper Belt Objects great and small, as they are discovered. Anybody like my definition ? It would have saved a lot of trouble 10 years ago !! Incidentally, the origins of the word planet are no help at all. The word simply means “wandering star” from the Greek, as I understand it, although Greek is not my strong point ! ???????????????? Let’s hear it for PLUTO - the 9th Planet !! If you agree, let me know - and I will show Alan Stern - the genius who revealed the magnificent appearance of Pluto at close quarters - through the NASA New Horizons Mission. I was proud to be a very small part of that triumph. Alan’s team use a nine-fingered salute (to which I subscribe) so there is little doubt what side they are on !!! Bri
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"Pluto was discovered and named as a planet awhile before I was born," May wrote on Instagram. "At that time it was generally instinctively understood that a planet was one of a family of roughly spherical objects that orbited the sun (rather than orbiting something else)."
May said he sees Pluto as a "classical planet" and suggested we consider it the outer edge of a classical planet zone.
May has stay involved in the cosmos since receiving his degree. He hung out with NASA's New Horizons team in 2015 after the spacecraft went in for a flyby of Pluto and wrote a song for the spacecraft in 2018 as it approached the space rock Ultima Thule.
"Let's hear it for Pluto -- the 9th planet!" May wrote. The IAU, which is responsible for handling these things, doesn't agree.
May's comments won't swing Pluto back into the full-planet zone, but it does highlight the divide among scientists on this cosmic hot-button topic.B:
道人玄机图【可】【是】【小】【道】【长】【依】【旧】【没】【有】【说】【话】，【顾】【珏】【疑】【惑】【地】【皱】【了】【皱】【眉】，【噤】【声】【轻】【听】，【却】【听】【见】【怀】【中】【人】【微】【弱】【的】【酣】【睡】【声】。 【看】【着】【小】【道】【长】【即】【使】【在】【睡】【梦】【中】【还】【皱】【着】【眉】【头】，【顾】【珏】【略】【有】【些】【心】【疼】，【将】【人】【抱】【回】【床】【上】【盖】【好】【被】【子】【后】，【他】【坐】【在】【了】【床】【边】，【看】【着】【桌】【上】【的】【婚】【服】。 【那】【是】【女】【子】【身】【着】【的】【婚】【服】。 【若】【是】【小】【道】【长】【嫁】【于】【他】，【以】【小】【道】【长】【现】【在】【的】【身】【份】，【身】【穿】【的】【应】【当】【是】【男】【子】【的】【婚】
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【一】【入】【水】，**【就】【发】【现】【了】【不】【对】，“【潭】【水】”【不】【是】【水】，【而】【是】【一】【种】【气】【状】【物】。 【赵】【小】【六】【凌】【空】【而】【立】，【虽】【然】【早】【进】【来】，【却】【没】【有】【先】【下】【潭】【底】，【一】【直】【在】【等】【着】**。【此】【时】【见】【到】**【在】【好】【奇】“【潭】【水】”【是】【何】【物】，【冷】【冷】【开】【口】：“【这】【是】【凝】【质】【化】【的】【寒】【罡】【气】，【只】【有】【极】【寒】【之】【地】【才】【会】【出】【现】，【这】【口】【寒】【潭】【的】【形】【成】，【说】【明】【此】【地】【有】【极】【寒】【之】【物】。” 【极】【寒】【之】【物】【能】【牵】【引】【三】【尸】【神】【灯】道人玄机图【妍】【丽】【对】【陈】【家】【庄】【的】【这】【些】【热】【血】【人】【物】【进】【行】【了】【辛】【勤】【走】【访】【调】【查】【后】，【心】【中】【浪】【潮】【澎】【湃】。 【她】【去】【了】【坤】【婶】【的】【坟】【上】【沉】【思】。【如】【果】【她】【今】【天】【还】【活】【着】，【好】【想】【和】【她】【交】【个】【朋】【友】，【或】【者】【认】【个】【干】【妈】。 【她】【去】【了】【飞】【天】【硕】【鼠】【毫】【无】【人】【气】【了】【的】【旧】【居】，【一】【群】【老】【鼠】【不】【慌】【不】【忙】【地】【跑】【着】。【她】【想】：【当】【我】【遇】【到】【鼠】【强】【猫】【弱】【的】【局】【面】【时】，【敢】【不】【敢】【以】【死】【相】【搏】？ 【她】【去】【陈】【玲】【家】【想】【像】【郝】【英】【造】【机】【器】
“【你】【真】【的】【打】【算】，【就】【在】【这】【里】【站】【一】【晚】【上】【吗】？” 【一】【道】【熟】【悉】【的】【声】【音】，【从】【薄】【荷】【的】【背】【后】【传】【来】，【薄】【荷】【僵】【直】【的】【背】【脊】【猛】【地】【一】【顿】，【难】【以】【置】【信】【的】【猛】【地】【转】【过】【头】。 “【你】……” 【薄】【荷】【指】【了】【指】【大】【荧】【幕】，【又】【指】【了】【指】【突】【然】【出】【现】【在】【她】【眼】【前】【的】【人】。 “【你】【怎】【么】【会】【在】【这】【儿】？” 【这】【个】【人】，【他】……【他】【不】【是】【应】【该】【在】【电】【里】【吗】？ 【修】【叶】【黎】【一】【身】【笔】【挺】【的】【西】【装】，
【不】【仅】【可】【以】【将】【这】【些】【心】【存】【祸】【心】【之】【族】，【全】【部】【都】【给】【灭】【掉】。 【还】【能】【起】【到】【敲】【山】【震】【虎】【的】【感】【化】，【让】【其】【余】【的】【那】【些】【外】【国】【小】【国】，【晓】【得】【大】【坤】【并】【非】【是】【这】【么】【好】【惹】【的】。 【瞥】【见】【她】【们】【都】【没】【有】【什】【麽】【异】【议】，【宿】【小】【茹】【再】【次】【一】【笑】，【说】【道】：“【秦】【仲】【父】，【程】【伯】【父】，【小】【侄】【建】【议】，【此】【次】【过】【去】【不】【必】【太】【多】【兵】【马】，【只】【需】【将】【小】【侄】【门】【下】【的】【几】【个】【人】，【派】【过】【去】【即】【可】！” “【什】【麽】？【派】【她】【们】