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The Planet Pluto

Interesting facts about the planet Pluto

The Planet PlutoPluto is the ninth planet from the sun. There is a bit of controversy over whether Pluto should in fact be classified as a planet or some other type of object.

Note: Some astronomers have decided to strip Pluto of her "Planet" status and henceforth refer to her as a "minor planet" - sort of a glorified asteroid. Other astronomers favor keeping Pluto listed as a planet in its own right. You of course are free to decide for yourself.

Interesting facts about Pluto:

  • Average distance from the sun:  3.15 billion miles
  • Average distance from Earth:  3 billion miles
  • Rank in size among the planets:  9th 
  • Diameter at the equator:  1425.4 miles 
  • Planet type: Rock and ice 
  • Mass:  .002 times the earth's mass 
  • Gravity:  .06 times the earth's gravity 
  • Surface temperature:  approximately -382 F 
  • Orbital velocity:  2.94 miles/sec 
  • Earth years required to orbit the sun:  247.67 
  • Tilt of axis:  122 
  • Earth hours required to rotate on its axis: 6d 9h 21m 
  • Escape velocity:  .74 miles/sec 
  • Number of moons:  1 
  • Does Pluto have and atmosphere?  no 

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