The Problem with Pluto

The Problem with Pluto is a 29-min show produced by Melbourne Planetarium for planetariums and digital dome theatres.

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Type: Feature show
Genre: Documentary
Release date: March 2006

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Through the experiences of the intrepid character Lucy Leavitt, we are taken on a fulldome journey to examine the question “When is a planet not a planet?”

This question is posed by Lucy, who, along with her scientist mother Lillian, is on board a research craft heading to the outer limits of the Solar System. This trip is to gain data to silence recent debates questioning Pluto’s status as a planet.

We examine some of the new information about our Solar System and discuss how Pluto is different to the other planets in the Solar System. We investigate where Pluto belongs in the overall structure of the Solar System and highlight the difficulties of defining what makes a planet.


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Show details

Shorter version runtime : not available
Full version runtime: 29 minutes
Suitable for: General audience
Target audience: 6 - 13
License: Traditional license
Resource & materials: Poster

Technical specifications

Video format: Fulldome
Resolution: 1K, 2K, 3K
Frame rate: 29.97 fps
Show orientation: Unidirectional
Stereo 3D: None
Production technologies: CG, Green screen, Live action
Audio format: Stereo, 5.1
Languages: English

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