How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

By Mike Brown

The sun approach so much folks grew up with incorporated 9 planets, with Mercury closest to the sunlight and Pluto on the periphery. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the invention of an entire life: a 10th planet, Eris, a little bit greater than Pluto. yet rather than including yet another planet to our sunlight method, Brown’s locate ignited a firestorm of controversy that culminated within the demotion of Pluto from actual planet to the newly coined type of “dwarf” planet. by surprise Brown used to be receiving hate mail from schoolchildren and being bombarded via television reporters—all as a result discovery he had spent years looking for and an entire life dreaming about.

A heartfelt and private trip full of either humor and drama, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is the ebook for somebody, younger or previous, who has ever imagined exploring the universe—and who between us hasn’t?

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