POOR PLUTO: Astronomy Updates and Misconceptions

The University of the Philippines Astronomical Society will have its second Alternative Classroom Learning Experience (ACLE) for this academic year on February 4, 2009 (Wednesday) from 1:00 pm to 5:00pm.

U.P. Astrosocs ACLE

U.P. Astrosoc's ACLE


Mr. Frederick Gabriana, one of the founders of the U.P. Astronomical Society and now an instructor at the Rizal Tecnological University (RTU),  is the guest speaker for today’s topic, POOR PLUTO: Misconceptions and Astronomy Updates.

The lecture  includes the latest news in Astronomy and the explanation behind Pluto’s demotion as one of the major planets in the Solar System. It will also tackle some misconceptions in Astronomy like Mars and Moon Hoax, Galactic Eclipse, Truth behind the Apollo Lunar Landings, Astronomy is the same with Astrology and etc.

As an added bonus,  Constellation bookmarks will be given away for those who will attend :).

See you there!


~ by Stella's Gaze on February 1, 2009.

One Response to “POOR PLUTO: Astronomy Updates and Misconceptions”

  1. Pluto’s demotion was wrong and is begging to be overturned. It was done by only four percent of the International Astronomical Union, most of whom are not planetary scientists, in a process that violated the group’s own bylaws. Significantly, the decision was opposed by a petition of an equal number of astronomers led by Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto. The IAU’s definition makes no linguistic sense, in that it states that a dwarf planet is not a planet at all and in that it defines objects solely by where they are while ignoring what they are. If Earth were in Pluto’s orbit, according to the IAU definition, it would not be a planet either. This debate is far from over, as there is a strong scientific argument for defining a planet as simply any non-self-luminous spheroidal object orbiting a star.

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