Astronomy Events

Countdown to Pluto Celebration

Saturday, July 11, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Free with museum admission

Activities include:

  • Pluto sketches: What does Pluto look like? Draw your prediction to compare with the best pictures New Horizons returns after the fly-by.
  • Pluto's distance: How far away is Pluto, really? Construct a walking scale model of the solar system.
  • Pluto's discovery: How did we discover Pluto? Re-create the "blink plate" method that Clyde Tombaugh used to find Pluto in 1930.
  • Mission to Pluto: Learn about the New Horizons mission.
    Classifying Pluto: Hear about the science behind Pluto's classification as a dwarf planet with speakers, planetarium presentations, and more.
  • Take home stickers, posters, buttons, and paper model materials.