What Happened to Pluto?

NASA photo of future exploration satelite of 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.

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