The little wannabe astrono-nerd in me couldn’t help but blink and choke up a little when I read this this afternoon. (Well, maybe just clear my throat a bit.)
Talk about undoing some 20 years of learning and memorization!
But, for real. Despite the runty, ice-cold exterior and wobbly, weird orbit, you must’ve known it was only a matter of time before us big eggheads punted you over to the dwarf planet table.
Imagine – if you didn’t have all those other particles floatin’ around, you might’ve had, what, another five, 10 years or so?
Kinda sucks for your discoverer’s widow, too.
It was a good run, though. Have fun with the other dwarf planets. And remember – in this big interplanetary space park, you’re the big dog now. Play nice! Hugs.