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Astronomy Online: Pluto and New Horizons

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Friday, November 6, 2020

Astrovisualization of Pluto. © AMNH
How do scientists map distant worlds? Visit Pluto and its five moons to find out.

On July 14, 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft took the first close-up photos of Pluto and its moons—yielding a wealth of new insights about these distant worlds. Hop aboard a virtual expedition into the Kuiper Belt with the Museum’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart to visit Pluto and its system of five moons to discover how scientists map mysterious worlds billions of miles from Earth. Museum astrophysicist Jackie Faherty and other scientists in the live chat will be ready to answer your cosmic queries! 

Watch a recording of the livestream below, first aired on November 6, 2020. Or check out the complete playlist of Astronomy Online events.

In 2020, the Museum is celebrating the legacy of Charles Hayden, whose vision made the Hayden Planetarium possible and brought the universe to New York City.

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Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.