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yoloswag132654
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Pluto should be a planet

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/20/2015 Category: Science
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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triangle.128k

Pro

A while ago, Pluto was re-classified as a "dwarf planet" due to several reasons. In this debate, I will be arguing that Pluto should be re-classified as an actual planet.
yoloswag132654

Con

First of all, the Pro's argument was weak, no support...
Second of all, Pluto is so small, it can't even clear little objects in it's path.
Debate Round No. 1
triangle.128k

Pro

First off I would like to note that my first statement was NOT an argument. So you can't call it "weak without support" when it wasn't an argument in the first place. Now without furder ado, I will present my arguments for why Pluto should be a planet.


1. Pluto has many characteristics of a planet

Unlike small asteroids and comets, pluto has many planet characteristics. Pluto is far from a boring and dead ball of ice, for example, Pluto is large enough to be round. Nearly all asteroids and comets are irregularly shaped but Planets are large enough to have a gravity force strong enough to crush it into a spherical shape. Pluto's gravity is plenty strong to crush it into a sphere. Every other planet in the Solar System is a sphere due to their gravity.

Like many planets, pluto also has moons. In fact, pluto has five moons, more than any other terresetrial planets. Pluto also has an atmosphere unlike Mercury. Pluto was discovered to have an atmosphere made of nitrogen with trace amounts of other gasses. Scientists believe Pluto's atmosphere may also have clouds and winds.

While pluto may be small, it has characteristics making it a world of it's own.



2. Missing information from the Solar System

By classifying pluto is "not a planet," we are teaching people that there are only 8 planets. There are worlds past Neptune with Pluto being one of them. By saying pluto isn't a planet, it's like we are giving the image of a limited Solar System with only 8 planets.
There are other worlds which we should not dis-include from the solar system.

While there are many "planets" in the Kuiper Belt, we can just give these 'planets' another classification of planets instead of counting these as not being planets. If we are to teach in schools about the planets in the solar system, we should just show around 12 planets or so and mention that it's a simplified version of the solar system. This way, we would give the idea that there are many worlds in the Kuiper belt and not give the idea of there being 8 planets or whatever.



3. Does size really matter?

Imagine going to a city, there are many buildings. However, there are a few large buildings that outstand all the other buildings. Does this mean we should only say the large buildings are buildings and say that the smaller ones are not buildings? By this logic, we would imply there being 10 buildings in a city when there are many others. Those smaller buildings have the same characteristics of the larger ones, they are just smaller.

Also, there are very small stars that exist. Yet we still consider these as stars and not "dwarf stars."

This goes the same with Pluto. Pluto has characteristics of a planet and it is a world of it's own, not just some small comet orbiting around the sun.




Sources

http://www.compoundchem.com...
http://www.space.com...
http://www.theguardian.com...
http://time.com...
http://www.space.com...
http://www.utsandiego.com...
http://www.space.com...
http://www.universetoday.com...
http://www.uni.edu...





Conclusion

Pluto has many characteristics of a planet and it is large enough to be a sphere. Even though Pluto is small, size should not matter because it has the characteristics of a planet, it's just smaller. We are also removing information and giving a dumbed down idea of the Solar System by the current definition of a planet. These are all some reasons why I believe Pluto should be a planet.



yoloswag132654

Con

So what that Pluto has many characteristics. Mars is a planet, but it does not have many characteristics. A planet is judged by its size, NOT BY ITS CHARACTERISTICS.
Debate Round No. 2
triangle.128k

Pro

Your argument was short and weak. You did not back up any of your statements and failed to rebuttal my arguments. I have gone in full detail with my reasoning.

Vote pro
yoloswag132654

Con

yoloswag132654 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
triangle.128k

Pro

I extend all arguments,
yoloswag132654

Con

yoloswag132654 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
yoloswag132654

Con

yoloswag132654 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
8 comments have been posted on this debate. Showing 1 through 8 records.
Posted by 2001bhu 1 year ago
2001bhu
If I could vote I would vote pro. I would give 7 points Because of cons ff
Posted by flewk 2 years ago
flewk
This is an argument over terminology. It has nothing to do with science. Definitions change.
Posted by UndeniableReality 2 years ago
UndeniableReality
@TheJuniorVarsityNovice

Unless you read the article you just posted. Or even skim it. Reading the title doesn't count for anything...
Posted by triangle.128k 2 years ago
triangle.128k
@The JuniorVarsityNovice

No it isn't, that article says they are re-considering it's status as a planet. The decision isn't made yet so it still remains a dwarf planet.
Posted by triangle.128k 2 years ago
triangle.128k
@Russia_the_almighty

That wasn't my argument, I was just stating the topic of the debate. I hadn't spoken my arguments yet.
Posted by TheJuniorVarsityNovice 2 years ago
TheJuniorVarsityNovice
Common guys keep up with the news. Pluto IS a planet again. seriously I cant believe you guys dont watch the news:

http://www.usatoday.com...
Posted by yoloswag132654 2 years ago
yoloswag132654
You wish.
Posted by Russia_The_almighty 2 years ago
Russia_The_almighty
I could crush both your arguments easily if I was on either side.
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Vote Placed by Zarroette 1 year ago
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