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What to know: The story of Venetia Phair, who named "planet" Pluto in 1930 at age 11.
NAMING PLUTO is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 5-12
13 minutes
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This documentary about how Pluto got its name tells the history behind the astronomers who discovered it and the now 90-year-old woman who named it at age 11. The argument about how to classify Pluto is discussed. Originally classified as a planet, Pluto is now considered the largest member of a distinct population called the Kuiper belt. There is footage of Venetia Phair along with footage of young children who discuss their thoughts about science and the naming of planets.
The story of Venetia Phair, who named "planet" Pluto in 1930 at age 11. On the eve of her 89th birthday, we look back at this extraordinary chain of events in astronomical history.
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