October 24 2018
Webinar: Is Pluto a Planet or Not?
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (other time zones)
When Pluto was summarily demoted from planet status in 2006, it plunged teachers, textbooks, and students into confusion that remains unresolved to this day. The new definition of a planet is difficult to apply and even more difficult to explain to a ten year-old. In this webinar, we’ll discuss that definition, why it was put in place, what it really means, and how to explain it to your students. Using examples from our solar system and others, we’ll also ask whether the new definition of “planet” is the right one, and whether it might soon be overturned.
This webinar will be presented by Dr. Michael Reid from the Dunlap Institute and a close collaborator of Discover the Universe.
The webinar will be recorded for those who can not be present live. Register to access the webinar, documents, and recording. It’s free!