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The Great Planet Debate: Science as Process

Date: August 14-16, 2008

Location: 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD, US, 20723

Top scientists and educators will convene in Maryland this summer to explore a basic, but controversial, question: What is a planet?

The Great Planet Debate (GPD) conference includes two days (August 14-15) of scientific sessions to discuss and debate the processes leading to planet formation and the characteristics and criteria used to define and categorize planets. An open-to-the-public debate between Dr. Mark Sykes of the Planetary Science Institute and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson of the American Museum of Natural History is scheduled on the afternoon of August 14th.

An educator's workshop follows on the third day (August 16th) to provide a forum on how the planet debate can be used to spark scientific inquiry in the classroom.

Web Site Address: http://gpd.jhuapl.edu/

Contact Email Address: < margaret.simon@jhuapl.edu >

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