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Pluto the Small Dwarf Planet

Pluto the Small Dwarf Planet

Tired of singing the same holiday songs? Here’s a celestial take on the classic Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer that you can introduce to your friends and family.


(Three infrared wavelength ranges were placed into the three color channels (red, green and blue, respectively) to create this false color Christmas portrait.)

Sung to the tune of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

You know Mercury, Venus and Earth and Mars, too
Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune
But do you recall the most famous Solar System body of all

Verse 1
Pluto the small dwarf planet
Has a very shiny glow
And if you had discovered it
Your name might be Clyde Tombaugh

Verse 2
All of the other planets 
used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Pluto
join in planetary games

Verse 3
Then one fateful summer eve
New Horizons came to say
“Pluto with your heart so bright
Won’t you let me flyby tonight?”

Verse 4
Then all the planets loved him
and they shouted out with glee, “NASA!”
Pluto the small dwarf planet
You’ll go down in history!

(repeat V3 and V4)

This song was written by Andres Almeida, a NASA employee, for a holiday office party. It’s a fun take on the classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, with a NASA spin. Enjoy!

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