What do you have to know about Pluto?


Pluto is like a baby planet due to its size in comparison with the rest of the planets in our Solar System. But size is not related to greatness and there are many facts you have to know about this interesting planet that really deserves your attention. So we are going to explain you the most important ones.

Why is it called Pluto?

It was February 18th in 1930 when an american astronomer named Clyde Tombaugh discovered a new planet. On the other side of the world, in England, a man read about it in the newspaper and his eleven year old granddaughter, Venethia, suggested the name of Pluto.

Then, the man sent the suggestion to the astronomer Herbert Hall Turner who thought it was a great idea. Then, on May 1st in 1930, Pluto became the official name for that planet thanks to Venethia Burney.

Is Pluto really small or it is just a myth?

Have you noticed the size of The Moon? Well, Pluto is smaller at that’s why it is known as a dwarf planet since 2006 due to its 2300 kilometers wide. So yes, if we compare it with other planets, it is really small.

You may be considered just a little point in the galaxy but for others you can be the king.
That’s exactly what happens with Pluto. Even though it is not a formal planet,it is the biggest icy body in the Kuiper Belt where it belongs to.

Where is Pluto?

Pluto is farther from the sun than any other planet in the Solar System. How far? 5.9 billion kilometers! Think about that distance and you will understand why Pluto’s temperature is always below zero.


While the other planets travel around the sun in a circular route, Pluto takes an oval-shaped movement. This means the sun appears to be a far heat star difficult to see. As a consequence, the temperature is always between -240 and -218 Celcius grades.

Is Pluto alone?

No, it has five moons around:Charon, Kerberos, Styx, Nix and Hydra. Because of their size, the scientist Mark R. Showalter said: “The moons form a series of a neatly nested orbits, a bit like Russian dolls.”

As Pluto’s name derives from a namesake given to Ades, the moons also received their name from mythological underworld figures.

If you lived in Pluto, you would not be able to look all the moons such as Charon, which can only be seen from just one side of the planet.

We previously mentioned that Pluto belongs to the Kuiper Belt in the outer Solar System.
There, you can find different kinds of asteroids and other dwarf planets like Haumea and Makemake (both smaller than Pluto).

Have we travelled to Pluto?

We as humans no but robots monitored by us, yes. In 2006 a mission from the NASA called New Horizons sent a spacecraft that finally arrived to Pluto in 2015.

The mission is still in progress and the objectives were to explore the Kuiper Belt as well as other trans neptunian objects and, identify the main characteristics of Pluto such as its morphology and the surface composition.

Thanks to this expedition, we now have some Pluto’s images since 2015 in which we can observe ice mountains, glaciers and the blue sky.

One of those photos is the following one in which we can see a blue ring formed as a result of the interaction among the sunlight,methane and other Pluto’s elements from the atmosphere.

It is important to mention that when Pluto moves away from the sun, that blue ring can not be seen because the atmosphere freezes again.

Another interesting discovery was that near Pluto’s South Pole, two mountains made of ice were found and it is believed that they used to be cryovolcanos.

The amazing information about that discovery is that those kind of volcanoes were completely different from the ones we already know. Why? Well,they throw ice instead of lava.

Other interesting facts about Pluto

It may sounds weird but Pluto rotates around the sun in a different direction from the rest of the planets we know. The orbital period lasts 248 years, 197 days and 5.5 hours in a speed of 4.7 kilometers per second. A day in Pluto is the equivalent of 6.39 Earth’s days.

Pluto’s surface and atmosphere are composed by methane, nitrogen ice and carbon monoxide. The combination of these elements produce the particular planet’s color which is a combination of charcoal black, dark orange and white.

To sum up, Pluto is a small but extraordinary planet with many qualities that deserve to be studied in the coming years. Meanwhile, follow this website to know more about what has
been already discovered.

Pluto is farther from the sun than any other planet in the Solar System. How far? 5.9 billion kilometers! Think about that distance and you will understand why Pluto’s temperature is always below zero.

Pluto is farther from the sun than any other planet in the Solar System. How far? 5.9 billion kilometers! Think about that distance and you will understand why Pluto’s temperature is always below zero. While the other planets travel around the sun in a circular route, Pluto takes an oval-shaped
movement. This means the sun appears to be a far heat star difficult to see. As a consequence, the temperature is always between -240 and -218 Celcius grades.

Is Pluto alone?

No, it has five moons around:Charon, Kerberos, Styx, Nix and Hydra. Because of their size, the scientist Mark R. Showalter said: “The moons form a series of a neatly nested orbits, a bit like Russian dolls.”

As Pluto’s name derives from a namesake given to Ades, the moons also received their name from mythological underworld figures.

If you lived in Pluto, you would not be able to look all the moons such as Charon, which can only be seen from just one side of the planet.

We previously mentioned that Pluto belongs to the Kuiper Belt in the outer Solar System.

There, you can find different kinds of asteroids and other dwarf planets like Haumea and Makemake (both smaller than Pluto).

Have we travelled to Pluto?

We as humans no but robots monitored by us, yes. In 2006 a mission from the NASA called New Horizons sent a spacecraft that finally arrived to Pluto in 2015.

The mission is still in progress and the objectives were to explore the Kuiper Belt as well as other trans neptunian objects and, identify the main characteristics of Pluto such as its morphology and the surface composition.

Thanks to this expedition, we now have some Pluto’s images since 2015 in which we can observe ice mountains, glaciers and the blue sky.

One of those photos is the following one in which we can see a blue ring formed as a result of the interaction among the sunlight,methane and other

Pluto’s elements from the
atmosphere.
It is important to mention that when Pluto moves away from the sun, that blue ring can not
be seen because the atmosphere freezes again.
Another interesting discovery was that near Pluto’s South Pole, two mountains made of ice
were found and it is believed that they used to be cryovolcanos.
The amazing information about that discovery is that those kind of volcanoes were
completely different from the ones we already know. Why? Well,they throw ice instead of
lava.
Other interesting facts about Pluto
It may sounds weird but Pluto rotates around the sun in a different direction from the rest of
the planets we know. The orbital period lasts 248 years, 197 days and 5.5 hours in a speed
of 4.7 kilometers per second. A day in Pluto is the equivalent of 6.39 Earth’s days.
Pluto’s surface and atmosphere are composed by methane, nitrogen ice and carbon
monoxide. The combination of these elements produce the particular planet’s color which is
a combination of charcoal black, dark orange and white.
To sum up, Pluto is a small but extraordinary planet with many qualities that deserve to be
studied in the coming years. Meanwhile, follow this website to know more about what has
been already discovered.

Pluto’s elements from the atmosphere.

It is important to mention that when Pluto moves away from the sun, that blue ring can not be seen because the atmosphere freezes again.

Another interesting discovery was that near Pluto’s South Pole, two mountains made of ice were found and it is believed that they used to be cryovolcanos.


The amazing information about that discovery is that those kind of volcanoes were completely different from the ones we already know. Why? Well,they throw ice instead of lava.

Other interesting facts about Pluto

It may sounds weird but Pluto rotates around the sun in a different direction from the rest of the planets we know. The orbital period lasts 248 years, 197 days and 5.5 hours in a speed of 4.7 kilometers per second. A day in Pluto is the equivalent of 6.39 Earth’s days.

Pluto’s surface and atmosphere are composed by methane, nitrogen ice and carbon monoxide. The combination of these elements produce the particular planet’s color which is a combination of charcoal black, dark orange and white.

To sum up, Pluto is a small but extraordinary planet with many qualities that deserve to be studied in the coming years. Meanwhile, follow this website to know more about what has been already discovered.