A group of scientists are calling for Pluto to return to return to its planet status. “NBC News” is reporting a team of researchers released a study in the journal “Icarus” back in December, saying the decision to remove Pluto from the list of planets was based on “astrology — a type of folklore, not science.” They said the designation is harming both scientific research and the popular understanding of the solar system. The researchers say Pluto should instead be classified as a planet, under a definition used by scientists since the 16th century, that planets are any geologically active bodies in space. The study comes amid research based on data from NASA’s New Horizon probe, which flew by Pluto in 2015. Pluto’s discovery was made at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff and announced in 1930, however Percival Lowell made the initial discovery in the early 19-hundreds up on Mars Hill. There’s no word on when, or if, Pluto will be given back its planetary status.
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