At last, we have arrived at the final planet in The Solar System, Pluto. Pluto is 5,906, 380,000 Kilometers or 3,670,050,000 Miles from The Sun. It is the coldest planet in The Solar System with an average temperature of Negative 240 degrees Celsius or Negative 380 degrees Fahrenheit. Being the farthest planet from The Sun will do that to thee. Pluto is 4.6 Billion Earth years old. A Pluto Year is 248 Earth years, that's a little than double the lifespan of the oldest human in known history (122 Years)! The oldest animal in the world has only lived one and a half Pluto years! Pluto sure does takes its time. Pluto has moons, despite its size. Pluto's moons are Styx, Hydra, Nix, Charon & Kerberos
Pluto is a small planet, the smallest in The Solar System in fact. The entire surface area of Pluto in fact, is smaller than the surface area of the nation of Russia. Pluto has a surface area of about 16,647,940 square kilometers while Russia has a surface area of 17,075,200 square kilometer. Pluto is indeed, a small world. It is so small in fact that it has actually been classified as a Dwarf planet. So is a dwarf planet a planet? No, a Dwarf Planet does not command its part of space and does not maintain a hydrostatically equilibrious shape around its orbit of The Sun. So with that being said, Pluto is not Planet.
The Eighth and Ninth Planet
One strange fact, is that, Pluto sometimes, isn't even the last planet. Sometimes Pluto is the Eighth planet and Neptune is the Ninth. This is because for 20 Earth Years out of 248 Earth Years, Plutos orbits crosses into Neptune's orbit, making it closer to the Sun than Neptune. Now, one may ask, will Pluto crash into Neptune?! Not to worry, this will never happen because Pluto is orbits at a higher plain than Neptune, so even though their orbits clash, their heights do not.
The Roman god Pluto
Pluto inherits its named from The Roman god Pluto, The god of The Underworld and of wealth. The Greek god equivalent is Hades, The Greek god of The Underworld.
Pluto is a small ice world that is the farest from The Sun. It is cold and alone out there. It may seem even hopeless. I mean, its so small and hopeless, that it hasn't even been considered a real planet since before 2006. However, Pluto has a lot more than one might first think. Pluto has five moons while Earth has one. Pluto is very famous here are Earth and is instilled in the minds of many people and it even has people fighting for it to be called a planet again even if it seems hopeless. The same goes for us. The chips may be down for us and things may seem lost and hopeless. Don't let it get to you, for there are those out there who are rooting for you, even if you don't know. There are people who care about you and that should inspire to achieve your goals and life purpose no matter how hopeless and lonely things seem; even if you are 3.7 Billion Miles away.
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