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I am torn…

August 15th, 2008 · No Comments · Science

…between my love of Neil deGrasse Tyson and my devotion to THE PLANET Pluto:

One debater, Neil deGrasse Tyson, did the boxing entrance à la Rocky. That’s how hot the matchup is between Pluto as a planet and Pluto as a plutoid.

Tyson, director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York, supports the demotion of Pluto. In the other corner, Mark Sykes, director of the Planetary Science Institute in Tuscon, Ariz., does not agree with the recent ruling that essentially booted Pluto from the planet lineup.

The debate over whether Pluto should be considered a planet is part of “The Great Planet Debate: Science as Process” conference here at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) that runs through Saturday.

Before the idea-throwing began, debate moderator Ira Flatow of National Public Radio’s Science Friday threw out his own rule, “No throwing of perishable items or missiles of any kind at the stage,” Flatow said with a smirk.


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