The Dwarf Planet - Pluto

Pluto is a Dwarf Planet of our Solar System. Pluto is an icy and rocky planet. Though it is not considered as a Planet, recent flyby of the New Horizons probe over pluto may open up the debate on the classification.

In terms of distance, Pluto is away from the Sun at a distance of 3.7 billion miles/5.9 billion kilometers/39.5 Astronomical Units.

It takes approximately slightly more than 6 earth days for Pluto to rotate itself. In terms of Earth year it takes 248 earth years for pluto to complete one orbit around Sun.

Pluto is in Kuiper belt region of the Solar System. Starting from Neptune, Kuiper belt extends to roughly around 20 Astronomical Units distance. Kuiper belt is the host to tens of thousands of small Kuiper belt objects which is typically of diameter 100 Kilometers.

Pluto is known to have five natural satellites: Charon, Nix, Hydra, Kerberos and Styx.

Pluto has a rocky core of silicates covered by ices of various stages. Pluto has a very thin atmosphere comprising of Nitrogen, Methane and Carbon Monoxide. The surface temperature of Pluto tends to be in -240 °C or -400 °F range, which eliminates any possibility of life in the planet as per the details we have now.

On July 14, 2015 - The New Horizons flew just 12,600 Kilometers above Pluto and sent pictures of Pluto back to Earth.


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