Interview: Kevin Coburn, Montshire Museum of Science, Pluto

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By now you’ve probably heard the news that the planet Pluto is an ex-planet, downgraded to dwarf-planet status following a vote last week by the International Astronomical Union.

The scientists did have a valid reason for reducing the official number of planets in our solar system from nine to eight. After all, Pluto is smaller than earth’s moon. But along with the difficulty of coming up with a new mnemonic for memorizing the planets, museums are struggling with the question of what to do with their existing Pluto displays.

Kevin Coburn is the Public Relations Manager at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. He spoke with Mitch Wertlieb about Pluto’s future in their walk-through planetary exhibit.

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