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Pluto

Pluto...the ninth planet. Pluto was recently discovered IN 1930 and is debated upon if it shall be considered a planet. Statistics show that Pluto is the largest member of the Kuiper Belt, and has a moon almost close in size, as well as its two other moons. Researchers also have more evidence to show that Pluto shouldn't be a planet; it doesn't behave like one and shares barely any characteristics as its family, the gas giants. This oddball follows an orbit that intercepts Neptune's orbit, making it sometimes the 8th planet in chronological order. Also, Pluto is a terrestrial planet, not a gas planet, or a giant one to be more precise. The name Pluto is derived from the Greek god of the Underworld, Hades.

Pluto is approximately 2,306 km, give or take a few dozen of kilometers. The planet itself is composed of 70% rock and 30% water ice, like the moon Triton. It's perihelion is 4,436,824,613 km while its aphelion is 7,375,927,931 km. A year is approximately 90,613 Earth days. Pluto orbits 5,913,520,000 km from the sun. Otherwise, not much is known about Pluto, especially the atmosphere, but hopefully soon will.