Pluto facts – Fun and interesting facts about Pluto
Interesting facts about Pluto
Pluto is probably having a rocky core surrounded by mantle of water ice, with methane, carbon monoxide and nitrogen frost coating its surface.
Both Pluto and Charon orbit a point in space that lies between them, similar to the orbits of binary star systems, hence scientist refer them as double dwarf planet, or double planet or binary system.
Pluto’s orbit is eccentric and inclined.
Pluto while orbiting the sun is sometimes closer to the sun than Uranus and Neptune, this is due to its tilted orbit.
Despite Pluto’s orbit appearing to cross that if Neptune, the two objects orbits are aligned in such a way that they can never collide or even approach closely.
Charon takes the same time to rotate on its axis as Pluto does. Therefore Pluto’s moon never rises and sets like our moon and always has the same side facing Pluto.
Scientists discovered the third zone of the solar system because of Pluto. Now the solar system is comprised to three zones: the inner zone contains rocky plants from Mercury to mars, the outer zone has gas giants from Jupiter to Neptune, and the third zone is a vast realm of ice worlds.
Pluto has been visited by one spacecraft. On July 14th 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft flew by the planet and took a series of images and measurements.
A heart shape was discovered on the surface of Pluto.
When Pluto was considered a planet, it was the coldest of all the planets. The temperature on the planet ranges from -240 to -218 degree Celsius.