Demote Pluto

In the frenzy of discussion recently over just what a "Planet" is, I figured why not come up with my own definition?

After all, I am completely unqualified, have no right to do so whatsover, and probably wouldn't care in the end what effect it would have.

So here we go:

The Definition of a Planet:

(1) A body in orbit around a sun, and not in orbit around any other body that is in orbit around a sun, except in the case where the body is in orbit around a sun that is in turn in orbit around another sun.

(2) Has sufficient mass to achieve hydrostatic equilibrium and have a nearly spherical shape.

(3) A body that has diameter of 1,275.6 KM (1/10th the Earth's diameter) or greater.

(4) If said body meets criterion (1) and (2) but not (3) the following applies:

(a) If the body is below 1,275.6 KM in diameter it is to be designated a 'Dwarf Planet'.

(b) If the body is above 38,268 KM (3 times Earth diameter) the body is designated a 'Giant Planet.'

There. Problem solved. Astronomers can go back to their scopes now.

***Note - Under this definition, Pluto and a whole host of other bodies in the solar system would become 'dwarf planets', while the rest of the true planets in the solar system retain the appropriate designations.

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