Pluto and the facts behind it

By: Jose Solis

What is Pluto?

Pluto, is not a planet, but rather a dwarf. A dwarf is a star of relatively small size and low luminosity, so its not considered a planet. Pluto is made out of mostly ice, with a small rocky core with a few metals in it. The ice on its surface is also made out of frozen nitrogen, methane and carbon dioxide.

Where is Pluto located??

Pluto is located about 3.67 billion miles away from the sun! Do to the distance and other factors, Pluto takes 248 years to revolve around the sun. Pluto's rotation also take about a week here on earth (6.3) days.

Pluto's temperature and Pluto's moons

Due to Pluto's range from the sun, the average temperature for Pluto is -229 degrees Celsius or 44 Kelvin. Pluto also has around 5 moons, Charon, Nix, Hydra, Kerberos, and Styx.

Facts and Characteristics of Pluto.

Pluto Is as you know the smallest out of all our planets In the solar system, but it is actually the biggest dwarf in our solar system. Pluto has many characteristic that make it unique, for example, it has mountains tall as 11000 feet!! Pluto's surface is also one of the coldest on earth, and is covered by methane ice. Pluto is also less than one fifth the diameter of earth and about two-thirds as wide as earths moon.

Missions to Pluto

The Journey was the first mission where a drone (called the Horizon), would explore around Pluto' orbit and moons. It started on January 19 2006 and is still up there to this day. It was the only drone to currently explore the dwarf and has taken many pictures and discovered many things from the dwarf's surface and its moons.