By Christian Solberg

The Beginning of Pluto

Pluto was discovered in 1930 by a man named Clyde W. Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff Arizona. Astronomers predicted that there would be a ninth planet in the solar system in which they called Planet X. After more research and work Pluto was named a planet in the solar system.

Is Pluto a Planet?

Pluto used to be a planet a planet in the solar system but in August of 2006 the International Astronomical Union removed Pluto from the solar system and downgraded its status from a plant to a dwarf planet.

Facts About Pluto

Pluto is a dwarf planet and is now located in the Kuiper Belt which is a ring of bodies beyond Neptune. It was the first Kuiper Belt Object to be discovered.

Mass:13,050,000,000,000 kg

Diameter:2,372 km

Known moons:5

Orbit distance:5,874,000,000 km

Orbit period:246.04 earth years