Pluto: The Dwarf Planet
Faith, Cailynne, and Maddy
Important Facts About Pluto (maddy)
Pluto was considered the 9th planet from the sun until 2006. It is now the 2nd largest known dwarf planet.
Pluto is 39.5 AU away from the sun
It's circumference is 4,494 mi (7,232 km)
Mass: 1.27e22 kg
Temperature Range: -387 to -369 degrees Fahrenheit
Length of a Day on Pluto: 6.4 Earth Days (153.3 hrs)
Length of a Year: 248 Earth years
Landscape: Cold, Icy, Rocky.
Pluto's atmosphere: Carbon Monoxide, Nitrogen ice, and Solid Methane
How Did Pluto Get It's Name? (cailynne)
Pluto, being cold and furthest from the sun, got its name from the Roman God of the underworld, Hades.
An 11-year-old girl came up with the name after her grandfather discovered the planet
Who discovered Pluto? (cailynne)
Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto on February 18, 1930. Using a powerful telescope, he was the first person to ever see it from Earth.
Pluto's Moons (cailynne)
Pluto has 5 moons: Charon, Styx, Nix, Kerberos, and Hydra.
Charon is over half the size of Pluto and is considered the planet's satellite.
Missions for the Planet? (CAILYNNE)
The New Horizons spacecraft was launched in January of 2006 and will be passing within 7,000 miles of Pluto on it's way to the Kuiper Belt.
Interesting Facts: (FAITH)
Pluto is smaller than Earth's moon.
No spacecraft has ever been to Pluto
Pluto SOMETIMES has an atmosphere
Pluto has an elliptical orbit
Pluto's location was predicted by Percival Lowell
It takes 6 days, 9 hrs, and 17 mins to complete a full rotation. (6.4 Earth days)
Pluto spins opposite direction of The Earth
It takes 5 hrs for sunlight to reach Pluto.
Pluto's diameter is 2,306 miles
Let's say you weight 180 lbs on Earth. On Pluto, you would weigh 11 lbs
Largest Object in Kuiper Belt
Pluto was name honored Patricia Laywell because it as her first two initials
Pluto's gravity is 1-20 of Earth's
When Pluto is closest to the the sun, it's ices thaw and form a temporary atmosphere.
Pluto gets closer to the Sun than Neptune for 20 years out of its orbit.
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