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Pluto-Palooza : Denver Museum of Nature & Science [May. 28th, 2015|10:02 pm]
Pluto-Palooza : Denver Museum of Nature & Science

For those of you in Denver, don't miss this Pluto-Palooza, Wednesday, June 10, 7 PM, Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
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NASA to Hold Media Call to Discuss Surprising Observations of Pluto's Moons [May. 28th, 2015|09:55 pm]

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 3, to discuss the Hubble Space Telescope's surprising observations of how Pluto's moons behave, and how these new discoveries are being used in the planning for the New Horizons Pluto flyby in July.

Participants in the teleconference will be:

John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington
Mark Showalter, senior research scientist at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California
Douglas Hamilton, professor of astronomy at the University of Maryland, College Park
John Spencer, scientist at Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado
Heidi Hammel, executive vice president of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy in Washington
To participate by phone, reporters must contact Felicia Chou at 202-358-0257 or felicia.chou@nasa.gov and provide their media affiliation no later than 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live at:


For information about NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, visit:


For information about Pluto and NASA's New Horizons mission, visit:


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The Dance of the Kuiper Belt - Philip Metzger [May. 19th, 2015|11:10 pm]
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Pluto: The Last Picture Show - Sky & Telescope [May. 5th, 2015|12:36 am]
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NASA to Hold Media Call on Latest Images of Pluto from New Horizons Spacecraft [Apr. 28th, 2015|11:31 pm]
NASA to Hold Media Call on Latest Images of Pluto from New Horizons Spacecraft

This teleconference on the latest New Horizons Pluto images will be streamed live tomorrow, Wednesday, April 29 at 3:30 PM EDT at http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio . Please adjust for your time zone.
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Nine Reasons Why Pluto Is a Planet - Philip Metzger [Apr. 14th, 2015|11:35 pm]
Planetary scientist Phil Metzger has written a very comprehensive, logical article titled "Nine Reasons Why Pluto Is A Planet," and his is one of the best-written articles I have read on this subject in nearly a decade. It successfully rebuts many arguments used by supporters of the IAU definition. I highly recommend all Pluto supporters take the time to read this and learn about why Pluto is not a comet, is not too small to be a planet, and much more.

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New Horizons briefings tomorrow will be broadcast live on NASA TV [Apr. 13th, 2015|11:31 pm]
In his latest PI Perspective at http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/PI-Perspectives.php?page=piPerspective_04_13_2015 , New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern discusses the beginning of the mission's Approach Phase 2, which started on April 5.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14, NASA will conduct two briefings on the New Horizons mission, both of which can be viewed live on NASA TV at http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html . The first will be at 1 PM Eastern Daylight Time (adjust for other time zones) and is titled, "New Horizons Media Briefing: Seeing Pluto as Never Before (all channels)." The second will be at 2:30 Eastern Daylight Time (adjust for other time zones) and is titled, "New Horizons Media Briefing: Getting to Pluto (NTV-3 (Media))."

The briefings will also be broadcast on this site: http://www.parabolicarc.com/2015/04/13/nasa-tv-air-horizons-briefings-tuesday/

Recordings of the both briefings will be available on NASA TV for those whose schedules do not permit them to watch the briefings live.

I also discuss Approach Phase 2 in my latest article for "Spaceflight Insider" at http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/missions/solar-system/new-horizons-begins-approach-phase-2/
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Another Poll! Vote Yes, Pluto is a Planet! [Apr. 12th, 2015|12:33 am]

Results of this poll will be sent to the IAU. Currently, the results are 54 percent for Pluto and 46 percent against.

The site presents arguments for both sides of this debate. Interestingly, it erroneously attributes the discovery of Eris solely to Mike Brown, when the reality is that Eris was discovered by a team of three astronomers, the other two being Chad Trujillo and David Rabinowitz. Significantly, Rabinowitz signed Alan Stern's petition rejecting the IAU planet definition and demotion of Pluto.
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Tomorrrow--Yuri's Night New Horizons Google+ Hangout [Apr. 11th, 2015|06:22 pm]
As part of tomorrow's annual commemoration of Yuri's Night, celebrating Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human in space on April 12, 1961, a special New Horizons Google+ Hangout will be held at 2 PM EDT (1 PM Central Time, 12 Noon Mountain Time, 11 AM Pacific Time). All are invited to join at http://yur.is/newhorizons15 or https://plus.google.com/events/cgqpp2ral2b5hh4o2aqsao8meik . Both addresses lead to the Hangout. These events have a section where you can type in questions which the presenters can see and often answer in public. If you miss the Hangout, there will be a video recording of it on Google+ and YouTube.
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We the Geeks: Journey to Pluto | The White House [Apr. 9th, 2015|06:41 am]
We the Geeks: Journey to Pluto | The White House
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