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Scientists' STRANGE Discovery on Pluto!

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Pluto is known to be the most distant planet from the sun from 1930 to 2006. But the narrative changed over the last few years; we are now informed that we have eight planets, excluding Pluto. So, what is really happening to Pluto?

The first thing to know is that, unlike many people’s imagination, Pluto is still part of our solar system but no longer considered a planet. Despite that, it has not ceased to attract the attention of astronomers, as it is the first object and largest celestial body in the Kuiper Belt, the region beyond the orbit of Neptune.

The idea of Pluto being in existence was first suggested by an American astronomer named Percival Lowell in 1905. the astronomer noticed a strange deviation in how Neptune and Uranus orbit and suggested that there might be another planet where gravity is dragging Neptune and Uranus and disturbing their orbits. Unfortunately, Lowell died 15 years after the discovery.

In 1930, Pluto was eventually discovered by Clyde Tombaugh based on Lowell’s prediction and that of other astronomers. An 11-year-old Venetia Burney of Oxford, England, suggested the name of this newfound planet. Although she urged that the planet be named after the Roman god of the underworld, we can agree that the name is appropriate because, just like God, the planet is located at the apex of the solar system.

What her grandpa and his friend, who is an astronomer, find remarkably interesting about the name Pluto is that the first two letters were the initials of Percival Lowell’s name. Pluto is far from the sun, and it takes more than five hours for the sun’s light to reach it; this sun’s light travels at around 300,000 km (186,000 miles) per second.

If an astronomer stood on Pluto’s surface, he could view the Sun as a shining star in the dark sky; the sun supplies Pluto with 1/1,600 of the amount of sunlight it supplies to the earth. As a result of how far it is from the sun, Pluto’s temperature is so low that ordinary gasses exist as ice.
In its journey of orbiting around the sun, 20 years out of a 248-year orbit, Pluto has been seen closer to the sun than Neptune. This has given scientists more opportunities to study the planet.

Since its surface is filled with ice, when it gets closer to the sun, the ice melts, creating a thin atmosphere with a large composition of nitrogen and a bit of methane.

In July 2015, NASA’s New Horizons space probe made a close flyby of Pluto, which is also known as a dwarf planet; this flyby solved the major concerns of many about the planet and its surrounding.

At first, the images sent had few details, but another flyby was made later on. However, Pluto has revealed various features, like mountains, valleys, plains, and craters. Let us take a look at some to have a glimpse of what is happening on Pluto.

In today’s video, we look at Scientists’ STRANGE Discovery on Pluto!

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