Zacheis Planetarium presents "What Happened to Pluto"


The Adams State College Zacheis Planetarium and Observatory show, "What Happened to Pluto?", presented by Planetarium Director Dr. Robert Astalos, begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23. The event is free and open to the public.

We grew up with nine planets, and so it is hard to believe that we could lose one. But then, there are thousands of known objects in our solar system. Which ones get to be "planets", and what do we call the others? How do we even make these decisions? Have we ever "lost" planets before? The answer to that last question may surprise you.

"What Happened to Pluto?" will be followed by a short presentation on the current evening sky. We will see current stars and constellations, tell a few mythology stories, and even point out some planets and deep-sky objects, like nebulae, globular clusters, open clusters, and double stars. Weather permitting, we will then take a few telescopes outside and view the celestial objects that were pointed out in the theater.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the show will start at 7:30. Seating is limited, and entrance to the building will not be allowed once the show has started, so don't be late. Total show time in the theater is 45 to 50 minutes. Sky viewing will begin around 8:45.