• Question: Given the fact that Pluto is no longer a recognized planet, is there a particular body of land mass in space , that has a particular 'quirk'; and therefore deserves the title of 'Planet'?

    Asked by N'golo Kante to Col Op, Elie, Floris, Jenn, RocketRich on 12 Mar 2016.
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      Richard Moss answered on 12 Mar 2016:

      When all we could see was 9 objects, it was simple and we called them Planets. Now astronomers can detect thousands of objects around Earth, it has certainly become more complex as to what we call a planet.
      At the moment there is a theory of a new planet. We cannot see it directly, but something is affecting the orbits of other objects out beyond Neptune. At the moment it is called planet X. Maybe you can think of a better name?