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The Interview | With Neil deGrasse Tyson

Demoting Pluto and other astronomical feats

Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and author. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and author.
By Anna Mundow
Globe Correspondent / December 13, 2009

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In 2006, the International Astronomical Union labeled Pluto a “dwarf planet,’’ ending (it hoped) a controversy that began in 2000 when the newly-designed Hayden Planetarium’s exhibit had effectively downgraded the ninth planet. As planetarium director, Neil deGrasse Tyson was for years bombarded with protests from Pluto lovers and in “The Pluto Files,’’ the astrophysicist irreverently chronicles that episode even as ... (Full article: 916 words)

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