AstroTalk Episode June 9, 2016


3:03pm - 3:39pm

Today, I will read a few articles about our friend Pluto. Yes, Pluto was demoted to the status of dwarf planet a few years ago, but there's hope ahead for all you Plutoites. Today, I talk about some interesting things about Pluto, so you Plutonians out there might talk comfort in what I found. Pluto interacts with the solar wind (SW) in ways that are more similar to how the SW interacts with planets such as Venus or Mars. Scientists speculated before that Pluto might interact with SW in ways that are more similar to how a comet interacts with the SW, but apparently, that ain't so. I also talk about other things that scientists have gleamed from the data that the New Horizons spacecraft sent back to Earth as it flew by Pluto in July 2015. Scientists are still deciphering the data sent back by NH, and are discovering more fascinating things about Pluto. Hope you Plutocratonians enjoy this show.