"Ask a Spaceman" is live for the first time on Facebook — and astrophysicist Paul Sutter jumps right into it with a trip to Pluto.
Sutter, a columnist at Space.com, has said he intends to use this series to look at the universe's most extreme mysteries. Pluto may seem less dramatic than the physics of wormholes or powerful magnetars — potential topics for later episodes — but Sutter's new show presented by Space.com, which debuts on Facebook Watch today (Aug. 15), makes a strong argument otherwise.
"Today, we're going to talk about everybody's favorite planet, then not a planet, and then some of us wish it was a planet, and we argue about it, but it doesn't matter!" Sutter begins. "What matters is that you may not realize that this little world of Pluto is one of the most fascinating places in the universe, and it has a lot of surprises in store for us."
Every episode of "Ask a Spaceman" responds to questions readers ask Sutter online. And this first episode for Facebook, made in partnership with Space.com, is a culmination of many questions about the dwarf planet and the New Horizons mission that investigated the distant world. (New Horizons is now headed onward to the object MU69, but scientists are still sorting through the probe's many revelations about the Pluto system.)
The episodes will be released on Wednesdays at 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT), so "like" the page or check back later to see more. But for now, head on over to hear about your favorite ex-planet's frigid heart, floating ice mountains and surprising inner life.