I’m quite sad that Pluto is no longer ‘considered’ by scientists as a planet and a regular member of the solar system. In the past 21 years of my life, I knew because I was taught that there were nine planets in our Solar system. I was fascinated by it early on. I remember nagging my mother to buy me a chart of the solar system when I was in 3rd grade, afterwards, I nagged my grandfather to buy me that hanging model of the solar system I saw in a school fieldtrip once.
I got the paper chart, but I never recieved the hanging model, instead I was given a big and colorful visual DK Guide to Space. I loved it just the same. During that time, the cool science show ‘Beakman’s World’ was still airing on RPN 9 and I was an avid viewer. It was from this show I learned a neat mnemonic code or acronym for easy remembrance of the correct order (until recently) and names of the nine (minus one) planets of our solar system.
My = Mercury
Very = Venus
Eager = Earth
Mother = Mars
Just = Jupiter
Served = Saturn
Us = Uranus
Nine = Neptune
Pizzas = Pluto
Since now Pluto is no longer ‘considered’ a regular planet, I guess we won’t be having pizzas anymore huh? 😉
To be honest though, aside from the inconvenience of formulating a new mnemonic code for remembering the names of the planets in our solar system, the now necessary updating of related books and literature throughout the world and the continuing public and scientific debates about Pluto’s demotion to a ‘dwarf planet’; I’ve been asking my self “Does it really matter’?
I mean sure, I do not question the authority of the International Astronomical Union that demoted Pluto, after all, we are still the only intelligent lifeform that we know of that does bother with naming and organizing the cosmos for now, but does it really affects me as an idividual? I mean with Pluto no longer a regular planet, do I have to change something about my lifestyle of least my everyday routines? I think not, do you?
I told my friend of this little question of mine and he told me that it was unlike me, it was unscientific for me as a Bio student and a science geek to ask this question. Am I wrong? I asked him the same question, “Will Pluto’s demotion affect your life?” He just stood still and shrugged his shoulders. For once, I’m not trying to be a geek, I’m just being practical.
Just the same, some one please tell me if I’m wrong to think like this and ask such questions.
Still being practical, I think the ones who would be most affected by Pluto’s demotion, aside from the very concerned scientists, would be the astrologers, tarrot card readers and fortune tellers and those who write the daily horoscopes. Kawawa naman yung mga may star signs na kaakibat ng Pluto. 😉
Image by Ernst Vikne