The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

By Neil deGrasse Tyson

The New York Times bestseller: "You gotta learn this. it's the most enjoyable publication approximately Pluto you are going to ever learn on your life." ―Jon Stewart

while the Rose heart for Earth and house on the American Museum of average background reclassified Pluto as an icy comet, the New York Times proclaimed on web page one, "Pluto now not a Planet? in basic terms in New York." instantly, the general public, pros, and press have been making a choice on facets over Pluto's planethood. Pluto is entrenched in our cultural and emotional view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, award-winning writer and director of the Rose middle, is on a quest to find why. He stood on the middle of the talk over Pluto's demotion, and for this reason Plutophiles have freely shared their reviews with him, together with unending hate mail from third-graders. along with his inimitable wit, Tyson supplies a minihistory of planets, describes the outsized characters of the folks who learn them, and recounts how America's favourite planet was once ousted from the cosmic hub. colour illustrations

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