Pluto was in the headlines a few years ago when it was demoted from official planetary status to what many now refer to as a dwarf planet. Some still haven’t accepted that demotion.
But regardless of where you come down on the debate, the recent pictures sent back from Pluto were breathtaking. It’s the furthest place humans have ever sent a mission with such a close pass-by. Our astronomy contributor Jean Creighton explains more about the planet and what’s next for our understanding of it:
Astronomy contributor Jean Creighton is the director of the Manfred Olson Planetarium at UW-Milwaukee.