posted on Jun, 24 2008 @ 07:38 AM
To be honest, I'm getting tired of this reclassification BS. I was all in favour of stripping Pluto of its planetary status (and I still am), but I
really didn't want it to go any further. As far as I am concerned, it's a KBO (Kuiper Belt object) that just happens to be larger than normal. Eris
is a scattered disk object that just happens to be larger than normal. So what ? Neither of them is gravitationally significant enough to affect the
orbits of other objects in the same region of space, so why do we need to classify them differently ?
Since there is evidence that a massive body has perturbed the orbits of many of the scattered disk objects, it stands to reason that this body should
be called a planet when/if it is discovered. It must be relatively massive when compared to the other objects beyond Neptune, otherwise it wouldn't
be able to significantly affect the scattered disk.