Episode Ten: The Discovery of Pluto

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Today we’ve got some astronomical history for you. The dwarf planet Pluto has had a long and exciting history.

There’s a number of fun further reading/viewing/listening resources if you’d like to learn more about Pluto when you’re done with the episode.

The Planets by Dava Sobel

How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown

The Pluto Files by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

The Pluto Files [Documentary]

We also figured out what the tangentially related Stuff You Missed in History Class episodes (there were two!) were. They’re not about Pluto, but about the moon and the crazy things people used to imagine were crawling around on celestial bodies.

Part One

Part Two

And here’s where you can find new pictures of Pluto and more.

So what do you think? Should Pluto have remained a planet? Do you approve of its dwarf planet status? Is there another, better option?

Image Credit: Michael Wilson, Flickr Creative Commons

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