Planetarium hosts family-friendly “Pluto Party”

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The controversy continues as to whether Pluto is a planet or a dwarf planet.

One thing is certain; NASA`s New Horizon spacecraft will make its closest flyby of Pluto, the morning of July 14. It`s being called the biggest planetary unveiling in 25 years.

The St. Louis Science Center is celebrating this monumental event with a Pluto Party at the Planetarium.

Planetarium manager Anna Green joins Fox 2 with the details.

When: July 13 - 15, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Where: The James S. McDonnell Planetarium, Forest Park

Cost: $6 for adults, $5 for children and seniors for the star show “Pluto the Little Planet That Wasn`t”

All other activities and demonstrations are free and family-friendly, located in the lobby of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. Watch live streaming of NASA TV coverage of the flyby with experienced staff.

  • 11:00 a.m.     Create a Comet and Kuiper Belt Objects
  • 12:00 p.m.     Why is Pluto Not a Planet?
  • 1:00 p.m.       Powering New Horizons
  • 2:00 p.m.       Pluto Coloring Station
  • 2:30 p.m.       Pluto the Little Planet That Wasn`t
  • 3:00 p.m.       Create a Comet and Kuiper Belt Objects
  • 4:00 p.m.       Eyes on the Solar System with Pluto or Alien Eyes
  • The Girl Who Named Pluto will be played throughout the day