Pluto TV will rally to make Pluto a planet again on April 1 (it’s no joke)

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Pluto may have lost its status as a full-fledged planet in 2006, but that doesn’t mean it’s a joke of a world this April Fools’ Day and the folks behind Pluto TV want to make that clear. 

On April 1, the free Pluto TV streaming service will host a “sit-in” to revisit the Pluto planethood debate while also celebrating the 10th anniversary of the live TV streaming service. The event, dubbed “Pluto TV’s Rally for Pluto! Make Pluto A Planet!,” runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific Time at the University of California Los Angeles’ Bruin Plaza. And if you can’t make it in person, you can sign a Change.org petition for Pluto’s planethood to make your voice heard.

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“Join the citizens of Pluto for a rally to spark the conversation around Pluto’s planetary status,” Pluto TV said in a statement. “It’s been 18 years since Pluto was demoted and we think it’s time for Pluto to have a vote in its own destiny. “

Pluto TV has enlisted Pluto pioneer Alan Stern, principal investigator for NASA’s New Horizons mission (which made the first Pluto flyby in 2015) to speak on Pluto’s behalf. Space.com has confirmed with Stern that’s it’s no April Fools prank. He actually will speak at the event. 

Pluto planet picket signs from Pluto TV. (Image credit: Pluto TV)

A video message from astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, who supported Pluto’s demotion, is also expected to be played at the rally during the debate. Tyson recently launched his StarTalk TV streaming channel on Pluto TV.

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Pluto is currently classified as a dwarf planet after losing its planethood status in 2006 during a vote by astronomers with the International Astronomical Union. The vote came amid a larger debate over what makes a planet, and if being round with moons (like Pluto is – it has five moons) is enough to qualify. Ultimately, scientists opted to demote Pluto to a dwarf planet rather than raise other dwarf planets in our solar system (like Ceres, the largest asteroid in the asteroid belt) up to planetary status. 

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Since then, Pluto supporters and naysayers have been vocal about the decision, but that hasn’t stopped true Pluto planet lovers from continuing their fight for its status. 

Pluto TV’s Pluto rally aims to both celebrate the streaming service’s 10th birthday while supporting what it calls a planetary underdog.

“The sit-in will feature high-profile guest speakers, fun chants, snacks and more all in the name of scientific fun!” Pluto TV event organizers wrote. “If you’re a believer in Pluto’s right to planet-hood, sign the petition online to show your support.”

This post was originally published on Space.com

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