I’ve got a nasty case of plutoids!

As you may recall, back in 2006, Pluto ceased being a planet.  Not because the IAU deployed a super weapon and vapourized it, but because they came up with a new definition of a planet which Pluto didn’t meet and as such became a Dwarf Planet.

It seems Pluto is now part of a class of objects affectionately know as Plutoids.

To quote :

Plutoids are celestial bodies in orbit around the Sun at a semimajor axis greater than that of Neptune that have sufficient mass for their self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that they assume a hydrostatic equilibrium (near-spherical) shape, and that have not cleared the neighbourhood around their orbit. Satellites of plutoids are not plutoids themselves, even if they are massive enough that their shape is dictated by self-gravity. The two known and named plutoids are Pluto and Eris. It is expected that more plutoids will be named as science progresses and new discoveries are made.

Well whatever Plutoids may be.  It seems we’ve all got them now and no amount of cream is likely to cure them 🙂

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