AVERAGE DISTANCE FROM THE SUN
1,485 miles (2,400 km)
LENGTH OF DAY
6.38 Earth days
LENGTH OF YEAR
248 Earth years
NUMBER OF MOONS
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
New Horizons will be the first spacecraft to visit Pluto when it arrives on July 14, 2015.
Discovered in 1930, Pluto was named after the Roman god of the underworld.
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.
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.