(The Gist of Science Reporter) Did you know? [MAY-2019]
Did you know?
- Pluto was discovered in 1930 and assigned as the ninth planet in our
solar system. However, in 2006, the status was withdrawn and reassigned as a
- The name Pluto was proposed by Venetia Burney, an 11-year-old girl from
England. The Student Dust Counter was named in her honour.
- By the time we discovered and stripped Pluto of its planet status, the
icy object had not completed an entire orbit around the Sun.
- Pluto is the largest KBO and the second most massive.
- One-third of Pluto is water ice almost equal to three times the water in
all our oceans put together. The remaining two-thirds is rock.
- It takes 248 earth years for Pluto to orbit around the Sun.
- The sunlight on Pluto is as intense as moonlight on Earth.
- It takes five hours for the sunlight to reach Pluto (as against 8mins to
- Pluto has a retrograde rotation (opposite to that of the Earth). So, on
Pluto the Sun rises in the west and sets in the east.
- Pluto is a cold planet with an average temperature of about -230oC.
- The feeble light on Pluto makes the days appear dark, and one can see
stars during the day.
- On Pluto, sunrise to sunset is about a week long.
- Pluto has a thin atmosphere mostly of nitrogen ice, carbon monoxide and
- The surface is rocky and believed to be having cry volcanoes and
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