Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s dwarf book is much like Pluto: It’s got plenty of interesting facts however it is mostly appreciated for the illustrations. Dr. Tyson’s new book, the publication is a space nonfiction of Pluto’s fall from planethood. Dr. Tyson wrote this book to explore the reasons why Pluto was demoted from the status of being a planet and all of the history behind the discovery. Also, due to his vast interest in Astronomy, Dr.Tyson was influenced to write The Pluto Files.
Clyde Tombaugh, during his discovery of the planet Pluto, was a farm boy and an ameteur astronomer employed by Arizona’s Lowell Observatory in search of the mysterious Planet X. During his search, the roaring twenties was in full swing and during this time,…show more content… mnemonics about the planets changed with the culture that it resided with. The author indicated that, “In America, the mnemonic about Pluto changed to pizza, one of the most favoured dish in America.” This quote from page 18 in The Pluto Files, explained how America’s favourite food, pizza, was used as a mnemonic which enabled students to learn about the Solar System in sequence. However, with technological and scientific advancements Pluto faced serious issues in the years ahead. Pluto by far was the least massive planet, with less than 5 percent of the mass of Mercury, the solar system’s next smallest planet. The orbit of Pluto is very flat from a perfect circle. In fact, Pluto spends 20 years of its 248 year orbit closer to Neptune than to the Sun. Pluto’s orbit is not only oblong, it tips more than 17 degrees from the plane of the solar system, a full of 10 degrees more than Mercury’s orbit.
Pluto’s largest moon Charon was discovered in June 1978 by USNO’s James Christy when he spotted a suspicious bump on an elongated shape of Pluto and when further researched and examined, the evidence stated that Pluto had a moon. Richard Binzel and his collaborators confirmed Charon’s existence in February 1985, when the moon eclipsed Pluto, visibly reducing the total light emitted by