Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Pluto...NOVA settled nothing
Well, as expected, nothing was settled. There was one highlight and I will mention that in a moment. What this all boils down to is definition...the definition of what a planet is supposed to be definitely clashes with popular opinion and public lore. Frankly, I am getting annoyed with the whole issue for I can understand a mutually accepted position: Pluto can be revered in popular parlance and establish a place in the scientific community though under a different set of classification rules. As I mentioned to another individual we can understand the a by its common name "aspirin" and technically [scientifically] refer to it as "acetylsalicylic acid". Now, what was the highlight...the visit that Tyson made with Tombaugh's widow and children where his son showed Tyson some of the homemade telescopes. They may look crude but functioned.
NOVA's "Pluto Files"
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