Friday, August 24th: Remember in the “old days” … you know, back when Pluto was a planet? Today is PLUTO DEMOTED DAY. This day, back in 2006, Pluto lost its official designation of a planet. Poor, poor Pluto! But whether we call it a planet or not, there it is, still rotating around the sun with the rest of us planets. I doubt its feelings are hurt. It is what it is, regardless of what we call it.
Here are some interesting Pluto facts and trivia:
- Light takes 6 hours to travel from Pluto to Earth.
- To an observer standing on Pluto, the Sun would appear no brighter than Venus appears in our evening sky.
- Pluto has a moon, called Charon.
- Pluto takes 248 Earth years to orbit the Sun.
- Pluto is smaller than Earth’s Moon.
- Pluto’s composition is unknown, but its density indicates that it is probably a mixture of 70% rock and 30% ice.
- Pluto is named after the Roman and Greek god of the underworld
- Pluto is 2.67 billion miles away from Earth.
- The surface temperature on Pluto varies between about -235 and -210 C
- Pluto is too faint to be seen with the naked eye. When viewed through a telescope, it looks like a star.
- During each revolution around the sun, Pluto passes inside Neptune’s orbit for 20 years, making Neptune the outermost planet.
- Pluto’s atmosphere is composed primarily of nitrogen and methane gas.
- Some astronomers believe Pluto wasn’t one of the original planets but a moon of Neptune that broke loose.