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Professor Liemohn discusses Pluto with Christian Science Monitor

Posted: May 11, 2016

Professor Liemohn discusses Pluto with Christian Science Monitor Professor Michael Liemohn

The Christian Science Monitor recently published an article titled, “Pluto reconsidered: A planet? A comet? Or something else altogether?”

The article states that the data yielded by NASA's New Horizons mission indicates that Pluto's interaction with the solar wind is unique in our solar system.

A recent paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research shows that Pluto’s interaction with the solar wind is like nothing astronomers have ever before witnessed.

“To the researchers surprise, they found that Pluto’s gravity was sufficiently sturdy to retain heavy ions in its extended atmosphere,” the article states. Indeed, as noted by Professor Michael Liemohn, who is not involved in the research but helped edit the paper, the researchers found that “only a wisp of atmosphere leaves the planet as ions.”

To read the article, please visit csmonitor.com.

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