Pluto’s planetary status was long in doubt

More from the way-back archive that is Modern Mechanix, we see this November 1934 article from Science and Mechanics in which Pluto’s status as a planet was already in question.

mm-sml_little_pluto.jpgSINCE his discovery, the planet Pluto has been a good deal of a disappointment to his sponsors. Now Dr. Baade, of Mt. Wilson observatory, estimates that Pluto’s mass is something like that of Titan, the largest satellite of Saturn. But the mass of Titan, though the diameter is 2,600 miles, is but l/50th that of the Earth, or less than twice that of the moon. So that Pluto ranks as the largest asteroid, rather than the smallest planet; and it may be necessary to look farther for unknown planets.

I never before realized that Pluto was referred to as “he” either. Hmmmmm.

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