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Pluto - The Planet That Isn't

We were all taught in school that their are nine planets in the solar system - with Pluto being the smallest and the farthest away. But in August of 2006, five hundred astronomers in the Czech Republic voted Pluto "off the island", in Survivor terms. That's right, Pluto has been stripped of its planet status!

Pluto - Discovery and Background

Pluto was discovered (by mistake) by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 when Clyde was looking for a different planet he believed existed. After finding Pluto, scientists continued to look for a 10th planet, but nothing was ever found.

Pluto - The Demotion

[In order to be considered a planet by scientists, a body must be big enough to have cleared other debris (comets, asteroids, etc.) out of its path as it circles the sun. Pluto is inside a big comet field called the Kuiper Belt, so it had to pack its planetary bags. And you thought The Apprentice was harsh?

Pluto - Did U Know?
  • Pluto is practically impossible to spot while stargazing. Even when you use a telescope, it just looks like a star.
  • Pluto is smaller than Earth's Moon.
  • Pluto has a weird orbit. Sometimes it is closer to the Sun than Neptune - From January 1979 to February 1999 Pluto was closer to the Sun. It also rotates in the opposite direction from most of the other planets.
  • Pluto didn't even make all the way around the Sun before it was stripped of its status as a planet. We've only known about Pluto's existance for 76 years, which was only enough time for it to make it a third of the way around.

Properties of Pluto
Mass 1.29e+22
Distance from Sun 5,906 billion kms/3,906 billion miles
Distance from Earth 4.4 billion kms/2.67 billion miles
Length of Year 248 Earth years (to rotate the sun)
Rotation Time 144 hours, 6 hours
Angle of Axis 122.46 degrees
Diameter 2340 kms/1454 miles
Number of Satellites 1
Number of Rings Unknown
Number of Moons 1
Temperature Average of -390 Fahrenheit/-233 Celsius
Weight on Pluto A 100 pound person would weigh 6.9 pounds
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MarioBrothers
MarioBrothers posted in Debating:
Of course the earth is round.
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drowning
drowning posted in Debating:
It's questions like this that make me lose a little more hope in humanity as each day passes by.
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cubicfairy
Kawaii Chan P.O.V Kawaii waited at the bus stop after leaving the house, only just hearing what Katelyn said, she was tempted to go back and finish the cupcake... No, she had to see Zane. The bus came and she went in "where you goin' today sugar?" Kawaii Chan smiled at the man "kawaii Chan is going to the hospital" she said, giving the man a few dollars "please take a seat" kawaii Chan nodded as the bus driver tipped his hat at her, and they started up the road Zane P.O.V Zane felt the wheel chair go over a bump and into the air-conditioned hospital, he shivered, hearing doctors speak, kids crying and adults grunting, groaning and moaning made him nervous, thinking he had to look proper, he sat up straight, instantly regretting it, his back cracked and the nurse laughed "you know, you don't have to be fancy to be at a hospital, right?" Zane sighed "well it sure felt that way" the nurse laughed again, not responding though, then he heard running footsteps behind him, slightly screaming, then a voice "Zane kun!" He realised who it was, "k-kawaii Chan?" Kawaii Chan laughed "of course it's kawaii Chan, silly!" He bit his lip "okay.." he felt himself going over another bump, probably his hospital room, "uh, Zane, you'll need to get up to get on the bed, though you can't see, you think you'll be alright?" Zane shook his head "no" someone took his hand "kawaii Chan can help!" He realised kawaii Chan holding his hand, but he knew he was okay, it was kawaii Chan, he would be safe with her, he realised he was muttering "miss, you're blushing, are you alright?" The nurse said, and kawaii Chan giggled "I'm okay"
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AlphaT
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"Ritterkreuz" wrote: I would become president of Israel and enforce an open borders policy to culturally enrich the land. Their walls are too great to be broken in one day, plebe.
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America.
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