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Kelly Beatty | Preparing for Pluto | NEAF Talks

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Published on Jun 7, 2015

Filmed in HD April 2014

In less than two months, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will fly past Pluto after a 9½-year flight. But really this historic encounter has been 85 years in the making, ever since 24-year-old Clyde Tombaugh discovered this enigmatic body at the edge of our planetary system. Today we realize that Pluto is among the largest objects in the Kuiper Belt, even though initially it was believed to be a body perhaps as massive as Earth. This presentation traces the history of Pluto — from predictions of its existence to the discovery of its moons to its “demotion” to dwarf-planet status — as well as a preview of what New Horizons will reveal.
Who is J Kelly Beatty?
KELLY BEATTY has been explaining the science and wonder of astronomy to the public since 1974. An award-winning writer and communicator, he specializes in planetary science and space exploration as Senior Editor for Sky & Telescope magazine. Beatty enjoys sharing his passion for astronomy with a wide spectrum of audiences, from children to professional astronomers, and you’ll occasionally hear his interviews and guest commentaries on National Public Radio and The Weather Channel. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the international Dark-Sky Association.

NEAF Talks brings you the best from the NEAF Astronomy & Space conference held just outside of New York City at RCC SUNY. In its 25th year, NEAF is a world renowned forum which annually searches the globe for the most relevant personalities who are making space and astronomy history and brings them directly to you. Visit RocklandAstronomy.com\NEAF for more information.

NEAF Talks- supporting science and astronomy education for a quarter century, now free to the world via the web.

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