We all know the uproar around Pluto not being a planet anymore. A poor planet, disbanded of its planetary status to become a middling dwarf planet.
I have this very strong memory that this happened when I was in elementary school. Everybody was talking about it back then.
And then recently I looked it up — and Pluto stopped being a planet in August of 2006?
I wasn’t even really a conscious human when that happened. I hadn’t turned four years old yet.
So why do I have this feeling that it happened when I was in elementary school? Did elementary school teachers stoke the debate again as a way of getting us interested in astronomy?
In any case, dwarf planet Pluto is now old enough to get a driving learner’s permit in Hawaii. They grow up so fast.