This Week's Night Vision: Dwarf Planets

Posted November 8, 2018 - by Thomas Quayle

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Pluto, as taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.
Pluto, taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. (Image credit: NASA)

The exploration of our Solar System has revealed a rich and diverse array of objects such as planets, moons, comets, and asteroids. Spacecraft in the last decade have investigated a new classification of planetary body – dwarf planets. These are celestial bodies in orbit around our Sun that are large enough for large-scale gravitational interactions to occur, but small enough to not dominate their orbit.

Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt.
Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt. (Image credit: NASA)

Investigations conducted by NASA’s Dawn and New Horizons missions have yielded exciting results about these miniature worlds. Join us as we look at recent discoveries that continue to give insight into the dynamic processes that existed during the early formation of our Solar System and continue to persist today.

Join us for this week’s Night Vision on Thursday, November 8th, and Saturday November 10th, 2018. Tickets are just $2.00 per person for the general public, and free for members of Clark Planetarium. Get your tickets now.