#52 sparks: A holiday

August 24th is Pluto Demotion Day, based on the decision in 2006 to ruin millions of science fair projects.

Question:    Why is Pluto no longer a planet?

Answer:    The International Astronomical Union (IAU) downgraded the status of Pluto to that of a dwarf planet because it did not meet the three criteria the IAU uses to define a full-sized planet. Essentially Pluto meets all the criteria except one- it “has not cleared its neighboring region of other objects.”

I am not be sure if I’m Gen X, a Xennial, or a Millennial.  But I am a proud member of the students that grew up with nine planets.  So today I am sharing this holiday for all those who have a spot of love for that little planet on the end.


#52sparks is my year-long writing series based on an art prompt challenge.  The title is inspired by a quote from Star Wars: The Last Jedi: “We are the spark, that will light the fire that’ll burn the First Order down” (Poe Dameron).  The spark that lights a fire to toast a marshmallow or to ravage a forest begins in the space of an inch.  So just imagine what hundreds of inches and words can do.

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