Mark Showalter – Pluto’s New Moons

2013, Space
Presented By: Mark Showalter

Planetary astronomer Mark Showalter peered deep into outer space on the hunt for celestial objects, and by luck, coincidence, determination and a whole lot of sophisticated data mining, he turned up two new moons of Pluto.  “I was not the least bit prepared for what came next.” Because the Internet went crazy speculating on what the new moons would be called, he decided to crowdsource suggestions, prompting 30,000 people to submit their ideas. Watch the talk to discover the witty, nerdy and thoughtful results.


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