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Application NamePluto
ScreenSolar System
Screenshot
Pluto's orbit
DescriptionUseful for discussing the issue of whether Pluto is a planet. Steps the audience through the discovery of new objects in the solar, including Uranus and Neptune, Halley's Comet, Pluto and Eris.
ApplicationCustom S2PLOT
Main Controls
  1. < 1 > Earth-Saturn (planets of antiquity)
  2. < 2> Uranus and Neptune
  3. < 3> Pluto (discovered in 1930, 248 year orbit, 2306 km diameter)
  4. < 4 > Halley's Comet
  5. < 5 > Quaor (discovered in 2002, 286 year orbit, 1200 km diameter)
  6. < 6 > Eris (announced in 2005, 560 year orbit, ~3000 km diameter)
  7. < 7 > Sedna (discovered in 2003, 12050 year orbit, 1200-1800 km diameter)
  8. +/- = zoom in/out
  9. a = Toggle autospin
  10. Shift-Esc = Quit
KeywordsPluto, Planet, IAU, Eris
AudienceAll
User commentsThere is a known clipping plane problem with Sedna (7).

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