By Neil deGrasse Tyson
The New York Times bestseller: "You gotta learn this. it's the most fun ebook approximately Pluto you'll ever learn on your life." ―Jon Stewart
while the Rose heart for Earth and area on the American Museum of average historical past reclassified Pluto as an icy comet, the New York Times proclaimed on web page one, "Pluto no longer a Planet? purely in New York." instantly, the general public, pros, and press have been selecting facets over Pluto's planethood. Pluto is entrenched in our cultural and emotional view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, award-winning writer and director of the Rose middle, is on a quest to find why. He stood on the center of the talk over Pluto's demotion, and hence Plutophiles have freely shared their evaluations with him, together with unending hate mail from third-graders. together with his inimitable wit, Tyson gives you a minihistory of planets, describes the outsized characters of the folk who research them, and recounts how America's favourite planet was once ousted from the cosmic hub. colour illustrations
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