Yesterday I was walking about the lab, as I am wont to do during lunch, and I spied a board announcing an upcoming talk. Imagine my interest when I read the title:
The copy reads:
The IAU and the Pluto Affair
Join Lars Lindberg Christensen for a glimpse into last summer’s biggest astronomy story, Pluto’s fall from planetary status.
Lars Lindberg Christensen is a press officer for the International Astronomical Union. He tells a tale of intended and unintended out comes – of what was expected to be a simple judgment by an august scientific body, that turned into a major global story generating huge headlines for day.
It’s funny. It’s sad. It’s definitely chaotic. It’s the process of scientific review and arbitration and public communications, all colliding on a worldwide stage. The result: Maybe the most public conversation about space science in decades.
You bet your bippy I’m going to be there…