What Happened to Pluto?
This Science 360 interactive program, "What Happened to Pluto?" explains the implications of the controversy surrounding Pluto. In September of 2006, after 75 years of being a planet in our solar system, a group of astronomers demoted Pluto to dwarf planet status. Why did it happen? What does this decision say about science? And have we heard the last of Pluto? A Morehead educator informs and engages the audience about Pluto and its current situation.
At the beginning the audience will decide with an electronic voting system whether Pluto should be a planet or not. After gathering some background information, the audience will vote again on Pluto's status.
The interactive program is free and open to the public. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Major funding for Science 360 is provided by a National Science Foundation grant to support internships in physical science education.