The Size Of Pluto Compared To Australia

August 29, 2016


This is a composite comparing the size of everyone's favorite ex-planet Pluto to the size of Australia. As you can see, Pluto is pretty small. Or Australia is pretty big. Or they're the perfect size for each other and should start dating and have country-planet babies. Whatever the case, I say if Pluto can't be a planet, then Australia shouldn't be a continent. Is that what this graphic was trying to teach us? Because that's what I'm taking away. "You're an idiot." I blame the nasal spray I've been taking for my allergies. "That's because it's model airplane glue." Gimme gimme!

Thanks to Lizzy, who tried to tell me Antarctica and Neptune have been exchanging love letters for thousands of millennia and things have gotten so steamy that's what causes global warming. My my!

  • The_Wretched

    Pluto isn't round.

  • Jenness

    Pluto will always be a planet to me. *pats chest over heart while making the 'I got your back' Pluto face*

  • Matt Smith

    Fucking hell. A dwarf planet is still a planet. Hence the name, dwarf PLANET. It's just more specific than the ever stupid and vague term "planet."

  • Not really. Planet is just a word. Black Holes are not holes. Neutron Stars are not stars and, Red Giants are not giants. Astronomy terms are nice and simple and are visually descriptive but can sometimes be misleading.

  • From what I know the term WAS vague, that's why they better defined it. That's when Pluto no longer made the cut. From what I recall the criteria had to do with the object being spherical in shape due to it's own gravity, not orbiting any body other than a star, and I think it needed to have a minimum mass. Too lazy to google, but I think that's roughly it.

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