"What does your 5-year-old daughter think of having a planet-killer for a father?"
Astronomer Mike Brown recently wrote a book in which he describes the part he played in that whole messy debate about whether Pluto is really a planet or not. It's called How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming and it led to an interview with WIRED Magazine along with some rough questions:
Why does Pluto not deserve to be a planet?
Pluto as an individual is absolutely not as important as the other eight planets. If it were to disappear suddenly tomorrow, it would not change anything dramatic about the solar system. We wouldn't even feel it. You can't say that about the eight real planets.
What does your 5-year-old daughter think of having a planet-killer for a father?
She has learned from general discussions that I killed Pluto and that killing is bad. Therefore, I've done something bad, and so she's kind of mad at me.
You can read the rest of the interview over at WIRED, but be sure to come back and tell us what you'd tell your kid about a planet-murder. [Wired]