The January 24 meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on the Pluto debate - planet or dwarf planet?
Talk Title: Planet vs. Dwarf Planet?
Speaker: Jesse Rogerson, York University
Abstract: In 2006, the International Astronomical Union made a landmark decision that ultimately reclassified the object we call Pluto as a Dwarf Planet. The resultant responses from both the astronomical community and the people of Earth as a whole have been mixed. In this talk I lay out the journey we have taken thus far in our understanding of the Solar System by touring its various objects, understanding its history (both formation/evolution and research thereof), and placing the 'Pluto debate' into a much broader discussion: the use of the scientific method.
The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2082 in the William Davis Building. The meeting is open to the public and is free.
Enter off of Mississauga Road. Park in lot 4 or the parkade, across from the fitness centre south of the Davis Building. Enter through the Fitness centre, walk up the stairs until you reach the main corridor then turn right. (If you need an elevator, follow the corridor to the right of the stairs, then go up to the main floor.) Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.
Map and directions to UTM.
Post meeting plans: we usually continue the discussion post-meeting at a local bar – please join us!