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Pluto PowerPoint

  1. 1. PLUTO A digital brochure by Kyla Duncan
  2. 2. HISTORY OF PLUTO • It was first discovered as the ninth planet on February 18th, 1930 by astronomer, Tombaugh • The discovery of Pluto was publicly announced on March 13th, 1930 • The surface temperature of Pluto is an estimated approximate of -360 Fahrenheit • Pluto is named after the Roman name for the god of the underworld (in Greek mythology, this god’s name is Hades)
  3. 3. • The average distance from Pluto to the Sun is almost 4 billion miles • It takes approximately 248 Earth years for Pluto to complete a single orbit • Pluto has the most elliptical and tilted orbit of any of the planets • When at its closest point to the Sun, it passes inside the orbit of Neptune (the eighth planet)
  4. 4. PLUTO AND CHARON • James Christy and Robert Harrington discovered Pluto’s only known moon, Charon, in 1978 • Charon was determined to have a diameter of 737 miles to Pluto's 1,428 miles • It as thought that, together, Charon and Pluto formed a double-planet system – which was ample enough mass to cause wobbles in Uranus’ and Neptune’s orbits
  5. 5. In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union announced that Pluto would no longer be considered a planet, due to new rules that said planets must "clear the neighborhood around its orbit." Since Pluto's oblong orbit overlaps that of Neptune, it was disqualified.
  6. 6. PROFILE • Mass: 13,050,000,000,000 billion kg (0.00218 x Earth) • Diameter: 2,306 km • Known Satellites: 5 • Notable Satellites: Charon, Nix, Hydra, Kerberos and Styx • Orbit Distance: 39.26 AU • Orbit Period: Approx. 246.04 Earth years • Surface Temperature: Approx. -360 Fahrenheit • Date of Discovery: February 18th, 1930 • Discovered By: Clyde W. Tombaugh
  7. 7. INTERESTING FACTS • Pluto is named after the Roman god of the underworld (in Greek: Hades) • No spacecraft has visited Pluto • Though in July 2015 the spacecraft New Horizons, which was launched in 2006, is scheduled to fly by Pluto on it’s way to the Kuiper Belt. • Pluto takes the longest time of the eight planets (248 Earth years) to orbit around the sun. • Pluto spins in the opposite direction as Earth, which means the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. • It takes about five hours for sunlight to reach Pluto • In astrology, Pluto is associated with powers of creation/rebirth as well as destruction/death • The sky is so dark on Pluto that a person would be able to see stars during the day • On Pluto, the sun rises and sets about once a week
  8. 8. SOURCES • http://www.space.com/43-pluto-the-ninth-planet-that-was-a-dwarf.html • http://space-facts.com/pluto/ • http://facts.randomhistory.com/pluto-facts.html

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