Night Vision: Dwarf Planets

Johnny Rasmussen

When Pluto was downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet in 2006, physician the news rocked the astronomical community, cialis and upset a lot of kids that really loved that tiny little blue ball. We’ve come a long way in the past 10 years and we’ve learned a lot about what makes a planet a planet and what makes a dwarf planet pack a big punch even if it’s super tiny.

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purchase Eris Eris It takes icy Eris 557 Earth years to complete a single orbit around our sun. Credit: NASA ” src=”http://clarkplanetarium.org/wp-content/uploads/Ceres_835.jpg” width=”668″ height=”348″ /> Discovered in 1801 and first thought to be a planet and then an asteroid, we now call Ceres a dwarf planet. Image and caption credit: NASA

In Night Vision: Dwarf Planets, we will explore why we have dwarf planets, what we know about them and how they are created, and more. We’ll explore in depth the New Horizons Mission to explore our solar system’s best known dwarf, Pluto, and we’ll take a closer look at Ceres and Dawn, in addition to getting to better know a few of the others hanging out in the solar system, just wishing to be big. ]

Join us in the Hansen Dome Theatre on Thursday, January 21st and Saturday, January 23rd, to learn all about these little planets that pack a pretty big punch in the solar system. Tickets are just $2 and are free for planetarium members.

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