On 14th July 2015 the New Horizons probe whizzed past Pluto, providing our first ever close-ups of this tiny world at the edge of our Solar System. This month, Edward Gomez and I discuss why Pluto is so fascinating, and what the first few images have told us. We also chatted about this month’s other big story, the discovery of another Earth-like planet, and why it’s a bit early to get too excited about future holiday plans! And Hugh Lang tells us about August’s Perseid meteor shower.
To get a feel for why New Horizons has proved so fascinating, and why we want to know more about Pluto, we also hear from a number of other people at this year’s National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno:
- Jane Greaves (University of St Andrews)
- Jen Gupta (University of Portsmouth)
- Megan Argo (University of Manchester)
- Steve Serjeant (Open University)
- Simon Green (Open University)
- Manuel Grande (Aberystwyth University)
- Charles Barclay (Blackett Observatory, Marlborough College)
- David Southwood (Imperial College London, Ret’d Director of Science, ESA)
And don’t forget the upcoming talk about Rosetta on 24th August by Mark McCaughrean, Senior Science Advisor at ESA.