In 2006, the International Astronomical Union formally declared precisely what is means for a celestial body to be considered a planet. As a result of this definition, Pluto, the object formally known as the ninth planet from the sun, was demoted to dwarf planet status. And while dwarf planet doesn’t carry the same gravitas as a regular planet does, it still manages to impart a sense of grandness and mass. It’s this conveyance that makes the fact that Pluto has a smaller surface area than Russia (16,650,000 sq. km vs. 17,075,400 sq. km) all the more surprising.
That said, all you Plutophiles out there can take some solace in the fact that Pluto is indeed much larger than this weekend’s 13.2 Point Release. While the fixes to Analytics and the Epic Timeline are certainly valuable, they are most certainly smaller in stature than a dwarf planet. For a complete list of smaller-than-dwarf-planet fixes included in the point release, please check out the release notes.