Monday, April 22, 2013

Pluto

Pluto was considered the ninth planet till the year 2006,when it was brought down to the category of a dwarf planet.It is only two thirds the size of our moon,although it has five known moons of it's own.It is a dark icy entity having a faint atmosphere of nitrogen,carbon monoxide & methane.Beneath the atmosphere is a layer of frozen gases followed by a layer of water ice which envelopes a rocky  core. The temperature on Pluto ranges from -378*F to -396*F depending upon it's distance from sun.

Like Uranus,Pluto also rotates on it's axis so that one quarter of it's surface is in continuous daylight while another quarter is continuously dark.

Pluto has a very elliptical orbit which sometimes takes it inside Neptune's orbit;when it becomes the eighth planet.It completes one orbit of sun in 248 yrs,while it's day consists of 16.39 earth days.It is so far out in space that while sunlight reaches earth in nine minutes,it takes five hours to reach Pluto.The sun would be a mere speck of light from there.

Pluto is the ruling planet of Scorpio & is generally known as God of the underworld.But in Hindu mythology it is also referred to as Yama or guardian of hell.It governs business,wealth,mining,surgery & espionage.

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Images courtesy google.
Text courtesy Robin Kerrod & web.

11 comments :

  1. There is so much of mystic to this planet. And the pictures are lovely. When are you posting about saggi Ma'am?

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    1. Thank you Saru.Yes Saggi is next in line.
      Btw didn't you ask for Scorpio?It is there.

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    2. Oh, don't know how I missed it. My brother is scorpion and hence I wanted to read about them.

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  2. hello !!
    a very nice post .. so much I came to know about Pluto !! :) first time on your blog !! loved it.. the animated pics are adding to the post !!

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    1. Welcome mysay,i am sure glad you liked my post.Please come again

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  3. This is very interesting, Indu. Learning about our solor system and universe is addictive. Its amazing to think what we can do with technology these days. Loved this! :))

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    1. That's the word Panchali-it is addictive!

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  4. Good question-i have reached a nebulous zone now.

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