The Problem with Pluto


Years 7-11
Term 1 Monday–Friday
Term 1 minimum 15 students
Terms 2–4 by request for groups 90+

Maximum 130 students


School programs and resources

New information about our Solar System has led astronomers to question Pluto’s status as a planet. In this Planetarium show students are taken on a journey by Lucy Leavitt, on board a research craft heading to the outer limits of the Solar System to gain data to silence recent debate questioning Pluto’s status as a planet.

The Problem with Pluto challenges students to question the recent International Astronomical Union’s (IAU) – whose mission it is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy – decision to classify Pluto as a dwarf planet.

Curriculum links

  • Year 7-10 Science as a Human Endeavour and Earth and Space Sciences
  • Year 11 Physics- Astronomy/ Astrophysics contexts