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Pluto 2015Greetings, fellow Earthlings! πŸ™‚

You might have heard yesterday that history was made, especially for us here in the United States, as a NASA spacecraft successfully passed through Pluto’s solar system and was able to take some neat photos of the planet. The U.S. is the first nation to have reached Pluto (although no one has actually landed on it – yet), and we have now reached and photographed every planet in our system. Yay!

While we have a cool picture of Pluto to admire for now, it will take about 16 months for measurements of the dwarf planet to be transmitted back to us. A few days ago, however, it has been determined that the planet is “somewhat larger than many prior estimates,” according to a mission update that was issued earlier this week.

In the meantime, we humans are having a bit too much fun with the photo shot of Pluto. Here are a few of my favorites!

Pretty much. *_*

Pretty much. *_*

Look! It's Pluto's big ol' noggin! :D

Look! It’s Pluto’s big ol’ noggin! πŸ˜€

D'awwwwwwwww! I love this one the most, I think.

D’awwwwwwwww! I love this one the most, I think.

Oh, geez. I just. I just can't even. PLUTO, C'MON! Stop making me cry! :'(

Oh, geez. I just. I just can’t even. PLUTO, C’MON! Stop making me cry! πŸ˜₯

I thought that, in light of this excitement, it would be fun to share a few fun facts about Pluto. Read up on this strange little rock here!

*Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto on February 18, 1930 – he was only 24 years old!

*Pluto was classified as a planet in the same year that it was discovered, but it was demoted to a dwarf planet. In order to be a planet, one must do 3 of the following: orbit the sun, be more or less rounded, and “clear the neighborhood” around the orbit. Pluto does the first two, but it crosses Neptune’s orbit and those of some other objects in the Kuiper belt, which NASA frowns upon for planet-obtaining status. :/

*Think that astronomers named the planet Pluto? Nope! Many people sent in cool suggestions for names such as Cronus, Persephone, Erebus, Atlas, and Prometheus, but 11-year-old Venetia Burney, who suggested Pluto, won out. She said that it should be named Pluto because it’s so dark and far away, much like the Roman god of the underworld. The planet was officially called Pluto on May 1, 1930, thanks to Venetia!

*Pluto has 4 known moons as of yet!
-Charon: the ferryman of Hades
-Nix: the Greek goddess of night and darkness
-Hydra: the 9-headed serpent who guards Hades
-S/2011 P1: Someone didn’t get very creative here. NASA, I am disappoint. -_-

*Speaking of moons, Charon, the largest of Pluto’s moons, appears to stand still in Pluto’s sky because they’re constantly orbiting each other. In fact, the same sides of Pluto and Charon always face each other. So you could say that they’re having an eternal dance together (or an eternal staring contest!).

*It takes about 8 minutes for sunlight to reach us here on Earth. It takes 5 HOURS for that to happen on Pluto! :O

*Pluto takes FOREVER to orbit around the sun. We’re talking 248 Earth years here! C’mon, you slowpoke, you!

*Pluto is the only known dwarf planet with an atmosphere! However, that atmosphere is very thin and would be toxic for us humans to breathe. Boo. 😦

*Tired of feeling bloated all the time? Just visit Pluto! A person who weighs, say, 100 pounds on Earth would weigh the least on Pluto than any other planet at 6.7 pounds. It’s just, well, you probably won’t be able to breathe. Priorities, right?

*Pluto is a goofball. For reals. It doesn’t just spin in the opposite direction as Earth (that would be called a retrograde rotation) – it also rotates on its side. That means that it has extreme seasonal variation! At its solstices, 25% of its surface is in permanent daylight and another 25% is shrouded in permanent darkness. Let’s take a moment and be thankful that we experience so many great seasons here on earth. πŸ™‚

I know that science says that Pluto is a dwarf planet now, but Pluto will always be a planet in my heart! πŸ˜‰ I lurve you, Plutooooo!

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