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Lawmaker Wants To Name Pluto Arizona’s “Official State Planet”

It has been 18 years since Pluto has been reclassified as a dwarf planet and an Arizona state lawmaker is trying to amend this demotion. Tucson Representative Justin Wilmeth has submitted a bill, HB 2477, that would make Pluto the official state planet of Arizona. Dr. Jeff Hall, executive director of Lowell Observatory says it’s a great way to symbolize the discovery. He says Wilmeth, “got the idea after his visit here over the summer and just thought it would be a neat thing we could do.” Hall adds, “the way I see it, any of the 50 states can have a state bird or a state flower or a state motto, but only Arizona can have a state planet so why not.” Pluto was discovered at the Lowell Observatory in 1930. Astronomer Percival Lowell theorized the existence of a ninth planet in our solar system and Clyde Tombaugh was the one to finally confirm the theory via telescope. Visitors at Lowell Observatory can take a look through the telescope used in the discovery of Pluto. Each year, Pluto is celebrated at the “I Heart Pluto” Festival in February to celebrate its discovery and remind visitors that, to some residents in Flagstaff, Pluto is still a planet.

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To listen to the interview, where KAFF News’ Dave Zorn and Dr. Hall talk about the “state planet” and the latest on the new construction ongoing on Mars Hill, click here: 

To watch the interview, where KAFF News’ Dave Zorn and Dr. Hall talk about the “state planet” and the latest on the new construction ongoing on Mars Hill, click here: 

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