Roper Mountain Astronomers

Pluto, Our Distant Cousin

February 26, 2021 5:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Raleigh Astronomy Club is having an online meeting tonight and is open to the public. 

Register to get the ZOOM link at :!event/2021/2/26/indoor-meeting

Meeting Time:  Friday 2/26 at  7:30pm (Meeting room opens about 7pm for informal chat)

Meeting Topic: Pluto, Our Distant Cousin

Abstract: Over the last few years, Pluto has turned out to be one of the most interesting places in our Solar System.  Far from being just a remote rock/ice lump at the edge of the Solar System, it turns out that Pluto is a cooler cousin of Earth/Mars.  The New Horizons mission transformed our understanding of Pluto and the data that was obtained is still leading to new questions and answers today.  This talk will cover some of the latest research and theories on Pluto. 

Speaker: Ian Hewitt is a long-time RAC member and long time amateur astronomer.  He is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, teaches astronomy at Coastal Carolina University and is an Research Adjunct at the Astronomy and Astrophysics Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.  Although his main efforts are in astronomical data processing, he hasalways been fascinated by Pluto.

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