Tag Archives: Pluto

Two spacecraft milestones

Today, two different spacecraft at different ends of the solar system are closing in on major milestones.  The first is the New Horizons spacecraft, destined for a flyby of Pluto in 2015.  Tomorrow, it will pass the orbit of Uranus, … Continue reading

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How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

I just finished reading the book by Mike Brown that shares its name with this blog post, so I thought I’d post a short review here. The book is essentially an account of the set of discoveries that Mike Brown … Continue reading

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Why I’m glad Pluto’s not a planet.

This is a thoroughly stale topic, but it manages to come up again and again.  In 2006, through a perhaps rather questionable procedure, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) defined the word “planet” in such a way as to kick Pluto … Continue reading

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