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AVERAGE DISTANCE FROM THE SUN

3,670,000,000 miles
(5,906,300,000 km)

DIAMETER

1,485 miles (2,400 km)

LENGTH OF DAY

6.38 Earth days

LENGTH OF YEAR

248 Earth years

NUMBER OF MOONS

5

SURFACE TEMPERATURE

-369°F (-220°C)

19 Pluto

CHARON

Located in the Kuiper Belt, Pluto is an icy, rocky world two-thirds the diameter of Earth’s moon. Once considered a planet, Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet
in 2006.

New Horizons will be the first spacecraft to visit Pluto when it arrives on July 14, 2015.

NAMING

Discovered in 1930, Pluto was named after the Roman god of the underworld.

FUN FACTS

Due to its long, elliptical orbit, Pluto was actually closer to the sun than Neptune from 1979-1999.

 

Like Venus, Pluto rotates in a direction opposite the rotation of the rest of the planets.

 

MOONS

Pluto has five known moons: Charon, Nix, Hydra, Kerberos and Styx. At half the diameter of Pluto, Charon is Pluto’s largest moon. Pluto and Charon’s center of orbit is located between each other.

 

 

Exploring the planets, moons and other bodies orbiting our sun.

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