More than nine years, nearly five billion kilometres and we finally saw it: Pluto. Named after the Greek god of the underworld by a 10-year-old school girl, Pluto has been the underdog of the solar system, with its planetary status a cause for debate. But following the flyby of Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft week, Pluto is back to being everyone’s favourite planet that’s not a planet, and – naturally – social media struggled to keep up with the new memes and images.
Here are some of our favourites.
From a blurry blob to mountains
— martin brown (@fairsnape) July 16, 2015
And out tech just gets better and better
— GRSG (@GRSG_GeolSoc) July 16, 2015
— BuzzFeed Science (@BuzzFeedScience) July 15, 2015
Humans: the creepy stalkers of the solar system
You’ll always be a planet in my heart, Pluto. pic.twitter.com/k2lB2bOvrQ
— Collin Sasse (@CollinSasse) July 16, 2015
Walt Disney: a visionary
Once you see it…
— SparkyTeaching (@SparkyTeaching) July 16, 2015
Is it a planet anyway?
— Rob DenBleyker (@RobDenBleyker) July 14, 2015
So, if it’s not a planet, what is …. oh no … it couldn’t be … RUN!
— Jan H W Sundberg (@jclayhills) July 16, 2015