In today’s episode, we learn all about Holly’s childhood aspirations of being an astronomer/pamphlet publisher, and then we follow it up with the history of Pluto, the anomaly-turned-planet-turned-dwarf-planet. We also throw out a few references to Jonathan Coulton’s “I’m Your Moon.”
Episode link: Pluto: Demoted Dwarf Planet
For further reading: Why is Pluto no longer considered a planet?
- BBC. “Percival Lowell.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/solarsystem/scientists/percival_lowell#default
- Overbye, Dennis. “Pluto Is Demoted to ‘Dwarf Planet’.” The New York Times. Aug. 24, 2006, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/24/science/space/25pluto.html.
- Curiosity. “Why was Pluto demoted?” http://curiosity.discovery.com/question/why-is-pluto-no-longer
- Dickie, William. “Clyde W. Tombaugh, 90, Discoverer of Pluto.” New York Times. Jan. 20, 1997. http://www.nytimes.com/1997/01/20/us/clyde-w-tombaugh-90-discoverer-of-pluto.html
- Inman, Mason. “Pluto Not a Planet, Astronomers Rule.” National Geographic News. Aug. 24, 2006. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/08/060824-pluto-planet.html
- Lowell, Percival, and Lowell Observatory. “Memoir on a Trans-Neptunian Planet.” T.P. Nichols, 1915. http://books.google.com/books?id=4TFRAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false
- “Pluto Discovered — History.com This Day in History — 2/18/1930.” History.com. http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/pluto-discovered.
- International Space Hall of Fame at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. “Clyde W. Tombaugh.” http://www.nmspacemuseum.org/halloffame/detail.php?id=51
- Mager, Brad. “Pluto: The Discovery of Planet X.” http://www.discoveryofpluto.com/index.html
- National Air and Space Museum. “Exploring the Planets: Pluto and the Dwarf Planets.” Smithsonian. http://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/exploring-the-planets/online/pluto/
- NASA. “Pluto.” Solar System Exploration. http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Pluto
- NASA. “New Horizons Team Sticking to Original Flight Plan at Pluto.” June 14, 2013. http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/news/display.cfm?News_ID=44029
- “Percival Lowell (American Astronomer).” Encyclopedia Britannica. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/349831/Percival-Lowell
- Redd, Nola Taylor. “Percival Lowell Biography.” Space.com. http://www.space.com/19774-percival-lowell-biography.html.
- National Geographic. “Clyde Tombaugh.” Journey to the Planets. http://natgeotv.com/uk/journey-to-the-planets/videos/clyde-tombaugh
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