Anyone interested in astronomy will enjoy the I Heart Pluto Festival and attend for free. It started on Saturday, February 13th. Since it is entirely virtual, all previous sessions are available to watch on YouTube in Sedona homes. The next live session will be held on Tuesday, February 16th at 6 p.m. Join Dr. Will Grundy for a talk entitled “Pluto After New Horizons”. Dr. Grundy will discuss the implications of the discovery that Pluto is a complex double planet after the flyby by the New Horizon.
On Wednesday, February 17th, Jim and Charlene Christy will welcome viewers to a tour of the U.S. Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station (NOFS). The highlight of the tour will be the telescope that discovered Pluto’s moon Charon, which Jim Christy discovered in 1978. Interestingly, NOFS is just a few miles away from the site where Clyde Tombaugh first found Pluto in 1930.
Families with kids can tune in from Sedona homes on Thursday, February 18th from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Kids will enjoy fun activities just for them, led by Lowell Observatory educators. They’ll hear the story of Venetia Burney, who at just 11 years old came up with Pluto’s name. Kids will also see the educators use liquid nitrogen to recreate the surface conditions of Pluto. Next, at 6 p.m., viewers can learn about Clyde Tombaugh and how he discovered Pluto. Lowell Observatory Historian Kevin Schindler will give the talk. The last event of the festival will be an open discussion at 7 p.m. Alden Tombaugh, Clyde’s son, will be one of the speakers. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Jeff Hall.
Find Amazing Art of Pluto for Sedona Real Estate
Visit the I Heart Pluto Festival website to learn about upcoming events and to find links on YouTube to archived sessions. Sedona real estate owners should also check out the art show on the site. There are photos and paintings of Pluto, its moons, and Clyde Tombaugh for sale.