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    How did the Pluto die or What was the reason of its disappearance?

    Do you want to know how did Pluto the planet was destroyed? Learn why people are saying that Pluto has died or has been destroyed and what are the scientific reasons behind this.

    I think, we all are aware of this news that Pluto which was the member of our solar system was destroyed. It was the most coldest planet in our solar system as it was very far from the sun and thats why know to us as an ice ball. But here I want to know that what was the reason of its end and in what way it was moved away from our solar system?
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  • A planet is defined as: An object that orbits the sun and is large enough to have become round due to the force of it's own gravity. Planets will have their own gravitational field and sphere of influence. Pluto doesn't have it as it is a very small planet, and comes into the category of "Dwarf Planets".

    The categorization of Pluto as a planet has always been controversial. Pluto has a tiny moon, called Charon. The behavior of Pluto is unlike other plants, mainly because it is very far from the sun, where the gravitational force will be very weak, and so, it probably does not stay in the orbit. It is hard to tell if it is actually orbiting the sun.

    FYI: Pluto is not destroyed, it is no longer considered a planet as per the definitions of astronomy, and now it comes under the category of "Dwarf Planet".


  • Actually, the farthest planet of the solar system Pluto has neither died nor has been destroyed. Yes, there were rumours about the death or destruction about Pluto. But the scientific truth is that, it has only been affected by depreciation and has become so little as to be categorized as a dwarf planet. So it is no more officially a planet now, but is dubbed as a dwarf or mini planet.

    Many people are not aware of the fact that the planets are not all in the solar system. There are dwarf planets which are smaller than planets and bigger than asteroids. Apart from Pluto, there are at least four dwarf planets with their own moons in the solar system namely Haumea, Ceres, Makemake and Eris (moon: Dysnomia).

    Since 2008, Pluto has now been degraded from the planet club to the dwarf planet club, along with all its five moons namely Charon, Nix, Hydra, S/2011 (134340) 1 (Vulcan) and S/2012 (134340) 1 (Cerberus). [In older articles you can see that Pluto has three moons which is now wrong because of the discoveries of S/2011 (134340) 1 and S/2012 (134340) 1 in the years 2011 and 2012 for which Vulcan and Cerberus are the proposed but not yet officially allotted names].

    Very recently, space scientists are thinking that Pluto may have even 10 more undiscovered moons. However, this is not yet confirmed. Actually, Pluto is so bright that its moons are not visible from ground based telescopes. Again, the hypothetical moons of Pluto are so small that they are beyond the limits of the Hubble Space Telescope. Probably we have no other way to know more about Pluto and its moons until July 2015 when the proposed New Horizons mission of NASA will go very close to them.

    Kumaraditya Sarkar

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