Stargazing citizens and scientists share the hunger to find Planet 9

IMG_0068The idea of a new planet, the so-called Planet 9, has captured the attention of scientists and the public alike. Likewise, the debate about Pluto’s planetary status inspires support of its new-found “dwarf planet” title in some, but the passionate voices of hearty displeasure in its demotion by others. The essence of both these topics presents scientists with a unique opportunity – to understand a fundamental, scientific aspect of our Solar System while at the same engaging with a very willing public, eager to understand and contribute. The possible existence of Planet 9 takes us to the far edges of the Solar System, way beyond the orbit of Neptune to a region known as the Kuiper belt. And citizen scientists can go there too, by joining the Planet 9 search and Stargazing Live….Read More