Friday, July 13, 2012

Reason #235: I Gotcher 'Celestial Body' Right Here

In other "small sky" news, the number of moons known to be orbiting Pluto is now up to five - once more sending a message of "go fuck yourself" from the little planet that could to the scientists who downgraded it to a "dwarf planet" in 2006.

Indeed, of the four Plutonian moons we knew about before now, only the biggest--Charon--was discovered prior to the reclassification. Scientists are leaning toward the theory that the unusual number of moons (for something Pluto's size, anyway) is due to a collision between Pluto and another object in the Kuiper belt billions of years ago - which only makes Pluto seem even more badass, if you ask me.

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