What Is Pluto? A New Video from New Horizons

Is Pluto a planet? A dwarf planet? A Kuiper Belt Object? All — or none — of the above?

Pluto has been a topic of scientific fascination since Clyde Tombaugh discovered it in February 1930, and then a topic of controversy after the IAU reclassified it as a dwarf planet in 2006. While conversations continue over Pluto’s planetary identity, at least one theme carried through the talks at the Pluto Science Conference in July 2013. See if you can figure out what it is in the video above! (Hint: it’s not difficult.)

NASA’s New Horizons mission will help us understand worlds at the planetary frontier by making the first reconnaissance of Pluto in July 2015. Read more about the mission here.

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Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

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Desktop astronomer, graphic designer and space news nut.

Posted on February 22, 2014, in Pluto and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. New discoveries about Pluto.

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  2. Heu… Pluton isn’t the Mickey’s dog ??
    Only joke of course ;-)
    Jeff Barani from Vence (France)

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