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All upcoming A Grand Tour of the Solar System programs

Presented in partnership with George Mason University Observatory

This series treks to the sun and the four inner terrestial planets before traveling outward to the asteroid belt, four Jovian planets, and beyond. At each session a professional astronomer presents the latest research on a solar system body.

Following the talk and a question-and-answer period, Peter Plavchan, a professor of physics and astronomy at George Mason University, brings that night's sky right into participants' living rooms via remote control of the university observatory, weather permitting.

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All upcoming A Grand Tour of the Solar System programs

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June 25, 2024

Pluto was the first object discovered in the Kuiper Belt, which contains hundreds of thousands of other icy bodies. Their orbits provide us with a good deal of information about our solar system. Samantha Lawler, an astronomy professor at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, details how meticulous observations and simulations are being carried out and how future observations are under threat.