5 – Pluto’s Denial

I admit it. I am still bummed that the solar system I grew up with is not the same. Well, it IS the same, it’s just classified a bit differently. It’s still a little hard to say that we have eight planets, not nine. It’s been 6 years now, so I should just be over it, right? Well, I HAVE accepted it, I just feel a little sorry for the guy. So, of course he gets a place in Cosmical.

There are plenty of good reasons Pluto doesn’t fit in with the rest of the crew. Pluto’s orbit doesn’t lie on the same plane as all the other planets in our solar system. It’s tilted at a 17° angle. And for a portion if his orbit he’s actually closer to the Sun than Neptune is since their orbits intercept. Also, Pluto’s moon Charon is around half Pluto’s size and they, plus two tinier moons, orbit around a central point that is NOT Pluto. It’s like Pluto is running in circles chasing his tail. 😉

The big reason why Pluto isn’t a planet is because he hasn’t cleared his orbit. There’s a buch of other stuff sharing his orbit and he hasn’t dominated that orbit yet.

But I can’t obviously show any of these things in the comic. So, in Cosmical, Pluto is a cyclops. But he’s spent such a long time being accepted into the ranks of “Planet,” that he can’t really see his differences himself.

If you want to understand more about why exactly Pluto isn’t a planet then go here. There is a GREAT video to watch which should clear it all up for you.

9 throughts on "5 – Pluto’s Denial"

  1. Mars turns out to be quite the loudmouthed jerk… Maybe we should think twice about colonizing him. He’s going to complain constantly about all the mining and crop-growing, he’ll never let us forget that he saved our planet from overpopulation and we’ll soon grow tired of him and move on to another planet anyway. So why bother, really?

  2. Really, stupid Mars, picking on Pluto like that.

    I’m sure Pluto will bounce back, before you know it he’ll be bouncing around barking at Mickey like always.

  3. The character page will be posting very soon and you’ll get to read why Mars is the way he is. Definitely a grumpus 😉

  4. Aw, poor guy! Don’t worry, Pluto; you still have friends here on Earth. We’re even sending a little something your way to say “Hi!”

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