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The Perils of Killing a Planet

A young astronomer riffs on the thrills and chills of pursuing planetary science in the Internet age

In How I Killed Pluto (subtitled “and Why It Had It Coming”), California Institute of Technology astronomer Mike Brown spins a witty tale of his search for a tenth planet, his discovery of Eris (a body larger than Pluto and orbiting the sun four times farther out), and the ensuing controversial demotion of Pluto as a planet. This book is his genial way of explaining why that act of Plutocide was a beneficent move. … Back to Article

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