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Pluto, You’re Still a Planet in Our Hearts

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Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Check out this beaut! Here is the clearest photo we’ve ever had of Pluto, taken by the New Horizons spacecraft approximately 7,750 above the surface of the dwarf planet. Here is the Black Science Man to tell you all about why Pluto should have never been counted as a planet in the first place:

Fine Tyson, we’ll accept that Pluto isn’t a planet, but Pluto sure is cute being all tiny and stuff. In a really bad segue, here are some artworks that are actually quite tiny in real life, but are still big in our hearts … AWWWWWW: 

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The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dalí at the Museum of Modern Art is only 0’ 9" x 1’ 1" or 24 cm x 33 cm. 

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Portrait of Philip the Good by Rogier van der Weyden at the Gemaldegalerie is about the same size as a piece of binder paper 11.4″ x 8.3″ or 29 cm x 21 cm.

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Woman of Willendorf at the Museum of Natural History Vienna is 4.4″ or 11.1 cm tall. 

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Madonna in the Church by Jan van Eyck at the Gemaldegalerie is 12.25″ × 5.5″ or 31 cm × 14 cm. 

There are some non-art savvy people who seem the think the Mona Lisa is a tiny painting (and it is when compared to the giant versions shown in movies), but it’s really quite normal size for a portrait at 30″ × 21″ or 77 cm × 53 cm.

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By Leonardo da Vinci at the Louvre Museum

Here is an actual tiny version made by scientists at Georgia Tech that is only 30-microns thick. That’s about one-third of the width of a human hair, by the way. 

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Hehehehe and here’s Pluto with Pluto:

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By: Lauren


Edit: Apparently there are a few of you still clinging to the idea of Pluto as a planet. We’re good with it going from planet to dwarf planet to planet again when the International Astronomical Union (ie a bunch of actual scientists) decides it’s a planet again. Regular people voting based on feelings that it should be a planet because “it just should be and that’s how I learned it in school” is just silly. 

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