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  • Published: [Boston] : WGBH Boston Video : PBS Distribution, [2010]
  • Year Published: 2010
  • Description: 1 videodisc (56 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Rated: Not Rated

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  • 9781608832040
  • 160883204X
  • 841887012072

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The Pluto files

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Call number: DVD 523.49 Pl

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor

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Extra features: The formation of the solar system explained over dinner, 2 different ways of looking at the universe, Neil and Pluto the pup break down the debate, Pluto and partisan politics, Teaching Pluto.

Based on the book by Neil de Grasse Tyson.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, host.

Join Hayden Planetarium's director Neil deGrasse Tyson as he follows the story of Pluto's discovery and the science that surrounds this former planet, including the possibility of finding more Pluto-like planets in the mysterious Kuiper belt. From the scientists trying to classify Pluto to die-hard 'Pluto-philes, ' Tyson meets a fascinating cast of characters with just one thing in common: strong opinions about Pluto.

DVD, region 1, widescreen; stereo., NTSC.

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Delightful!

Throughout this episode, Tyson travels across the country on a Pluto-related mission, focusing on the question of whether Pluto is a planet. He talks with scientists who support Pluto's planethood and those who do not; he visits the hometown of the scientist who discovered Pluto and the town where the scientist's family now lives; he even visits Disney World to play with Pluto the dog.

Though the majority of the program is about science, it doesn't deal with it in a dry way. Tyson is hilarious! But the jokes didn't stop me from learning things (like, did you know that before the planet was named, Americans associated the name Pluto with a laxative? Or, that if the sun was represented by a balloon with an 8-foot diameter, the relative-size of Pluto could be represented by a ball bearing from a roller skate?)

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