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Welcome to the fascinating world of Pluto! Pluto was first discovered in 1930 and is the most famous dwarf planet in the Solar System. In 2006, it was reclassified as a dwarf planet. Here are some of the most interesting facts about Pluto.
1. Pluto is a Dwarf Planet
Pluto is a Dwarf Planet. Dwarf planets are smaller than planets. The first three objects classified as dwarf planets were Pluto, Eris, and Ceres.
2. Pluto was considered a planet until 2006
In August 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) downgraded the status of Pluto from planet to “dwarf planet.”
3. Pluto lies in the Kuiper Belt
The Kuiper Belt is a donut-shaped region of icy bodies beyond the orbit of Neptune. This is where Pluto can be found
4. Sometimes Pluto is closer to The Sun than Neptune
Because of its elliptical orbit it means that on occasion Pluto is actually closer to The Sun than Neptune.
5. Pluto is smaller than the Moon
Pluto is really small for something in space, in fact it’s smaller than Earth’s Moon. It’s radius is 1,188.3 km.
6. There are white mountains on Pluto
Pluto is the only place other than Earth in our solar system that has white-peaked mountains, but these white caps aren’t made of snow. Instead, they’re made of methane frost.
7. A year on Pluto is 248 Earth years
It takes Pluto 248 Earth years to orbit the Sun. This means a year on the Dward Planet is the same as 248 Earth years.
8. A day on Pluto lasts 153 hours, or about 6 Earth days.
It take Pluto about 6 Earth days to turn on its axis meaning a day for Pluto is 153 hours.
9. Pluto has 5 Moons
Pluto has 5 moons. The largest is Charon, it’s so big that Pluto and Charon orbit each other like a double planet. Can you imagine watching the night sky from Pluto?
10. You’ll need a big coat to visit Pluto – it’s cold!
Pluto is very far from the Sun so it’s super cold. In facts it’s -228 to -238 C, which is too cold for humans to live there.
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