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Pluto – is it a planet or not?

Friday, January 24, 2014 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Room 2082, William Davis Building (University of Toronto at Mississauga) 3359 Mississauga Road, Mississauga

Jesse Rogerson, York University.

In 2006, the International Astronomical Union made a landmark decision that ultimately reclassified the object we call Pluto as a Dwarf Planet. The resultant responses from both the astronomical community and the people of Earth as a whole have been mixed. In this talk I lay out the journey we have taken thus far in our understanding of the Solar System by touring its various objects, understanding its history (both formation/evolution and research thereof), and placing the ‘Pluto debate’ into a much broader discussion: the use of the scientific method.