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View Resource New Horizons

This website, created by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, provides information about the Pluto-Kuiper Belt missions. The discoveries of Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, press releases pertaining to the New Horizon missions, facts, images, interviews, animations, and photographs are contained within the website. This is a nice resource for those searching for either images or other...

View Resource A Rose By Any Other Name

This case study uses the example of Pluto: how do we determine what a planet is? The lesson compares orbital parameters like semi-major axis, orbital period and orbital resonance of different planets. The material would be appropriate for high school or lower level undergraduate classes. The case study and teaching notes may be downloaded in PDF format. The site also includes a section for...

View Resource The Eight Planets

This website, by Caltech astronomer Mike Brown, is an article that recounts the reclassification of Pluto as a dwarf planet. The article explains the issues, tells how they were resolved, and answers related questions. At the bottom of the page is a link to a similar website about the dwarf planet Xena.

View Resource New Moons of Pluto

Check out this National Aeronautics and Space Administration site for information about the two objects found by the Hubble that are apparently orbiting Pluto. You can see images of these objects and find out their estimated sizes.

View Resource Windows to the Universe: Pluto

This Windows to the Universe feature from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) provides background information about Pluto, the newly classified dwarf planet. The site provides descriptions of the planet’s composition, atmosphere, moons, and magnetosphere. Myths and culture associated with the planet are included along with an image gallery and links to related sites.

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