THERE are 397 planets in our solar system, a space expert sensationally claimed.
Jerry Stone, from Spaceflight UK, has launched a campaign to reclassify Pluto, where frozen water has been discovered, as a full planet.
Ever since the discovery of Pluto in 1930 there were nine planets in the solar system – the others being Mercury, Neptune, Venus, Uranus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
But in 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) at its 2006 conference in Prague stripped Pluto, the smallest of them, of the title creating the dwarf planet status, by a slim margin of 206 to 199.
The controversial decision was made because a number of similar-sized “objects” to Pluto were being discovered and critics of the decision say official astronomers were struggling to keep on top of them so tightened up entry requirements into our solar system’s planet club. Read more.