Pluto and Ceres

By: Alex Kharkiv and Jennifer Major

introduction

Pluto and Ceres are two dwarf planets because they're too small to be planets. Pluto was once a planet, but a few years ago it was considered a dwarf planet. Ceres is the biggest object in the asteroid belt. Even though Pluto is bigger than Ceres, they are still very similar.

Pluto

  • Once considered a planet, but now it is a dwarf planet.
  • Pluto experiences strong winds when its atmosphere is present.
  • One of the coldest places in the solar system.
  • Hubble shows that Pluto had grown redder over time. (seasonal changes)
  • It takes Pluto 248 years to orbit the sun.
  • -375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • It is 3,670,050,000 miles from the sun.
  • Pluto has 3 moons.
  • It sometimes crosses in front of Neptune's orbit, and becomes the 8th object from the sun.


Pluto's Moons

Ceres

  • Smallest and closest dwarf planet
  • Smallest known dwarf planet, but largest object in the asteroid belt.
  • Scientist think it may have and ocean and possibly an atmosphere.
  • A probe will be sent in 2015.
  • Has iron-rich clay.
  • -30 degrees Celsius
  • Orbits between Mars and Jupiter's asteroid belt.


Comparison

  • Both Dwarf Planets.
  • Both found to have an atmosphere.
  • Both have ice somewhere.
  • They're both in the Kuiper Belt.


Differences

  • Pluto is bigger than Ceres,
  • Ceres is closer to the sun.
  • Ceres does not have any moons.
  • Pluto is colder than Ceres.


Citation

Choi, Charles. "Pluto, a Ninth Planet that was a Dwarf." Space.com. Tech Media Network, 11 July 2012. Web. 6 Jan. 2014



Wall, Mike. "Meet the Solar Systems Dwarf Planets." Tech Media Network, 22 Aug. 2011. Web. 6 Jan. 2014.


"The Outer Planets." Lasp.colorado.edu. Lasp, Aug. 2007. Web. 6 Jan 2014.