Pluto facts – Fun and interesting facts about Pluto
Pluto facts: Interesting facts about Pluto. Pluto which was once considered a planet is now reclassified as dwarf planet as it did not satisfy one of the criteria to include it into planets fold. In 2006, it is demoted to dwarf planet. Pluto is now the largest dwarf planet in the solar system, and the second massive after Eris. It has a reddish tint, and it officially known as 134340. Pluto cannot be seen with naked eyes as it is very far from Earth. It is having 5 moons. Let’s check out some interesting facts about Pluto.
Once a planet and now a dwarf planet, Pluto, was discovered on February 18th, 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh.
Pluto’s lightness changes as it rotate, revealing large light and dark regions.
The sky on Pluto is so dark that it is possible to see stars during the day.
Pluto’s orbit is not on the same plane as the eight other planet’s orbits.
When Pluto is close to the Sun due to its elliptical orbit, its icy surface melts, rises and forms a thin layer of gaseous atmosphere comprised of methane, nitrogen and carbon monoxide.
Pluto was the first Kuiper belt object to be discovered.
Dwarf planets are smaller than the smallest planet in the Solar System, Mercury. There are 3 dwarf planets in our solar system. They are Pluto, Eris and Ceres.
Many astronomers believe that Pluto would have been classified as comet if it were closer to the sun.
Pluto is losing its atmosphere faster than previously believed.
There are dark spots on Pluto’s surface. What’s strange about these is their similar size and spacing.