Remember our discussions of Pluto’s demotion/reclassification? (Lots of link reminders at bottom of post.) Well, here’s a sad (and amusing) image* created by artist Mathias Pedersen:
Poor Pluto indeed!
(Take some time to appreciate how good a job he’s done on colours and other features of the planets. For artistic purposes he’s cheated on the scales a bit so that the gas giants (e.g. Jupiter) are not enormously huge compared to the rest, as they actually are – see a graphic here with better scales). I love that he’s also humourously reproduced the extremely unusual tilt angle of Uranus’ axis – brilliant!
Which reminds me – I wonder how the campaign to get Pluto reinstated is going? Anybody been following it? (See this post, for example.) Give us an update, if so.
(*I saw this first at the Dynamics of Cats.)
(**Thanks for permission to use this, Mathias!)