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Visiting Pluto

Geocache coordinates: 47.6608,-122.5772 | 47°39’39N 122°34’38.3W

True ValuesDistance from the Sun: 3,650,000,000 miDiameter: 1,474 mi

Modeled ValuesModeled distance from the Sun: 21,100 feetModeled diameter: 0.1 inches

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Pluto is a dwarf planet that resides in the Kuiper belt on the outskirts of our solar system. Discovered in 1930, Pluto was considered a planet for more than 75 years before being downgraded to a dwarf planet. Pluto was downgraded for a few reasons – first, it has not “cleared” it’s path. When Earth orbits it is just the Earth and our moon going around our neighborhood. Pluto, on the other hand, is part of an entire asteroid belt that orbits with it. Pluto has more water locked up as ice than Earth does, more than 3 times more!

In our model, Pluto has been shrunk down to 0.1 inches in diameter, just about the size of two pinheads next to each other. 

Pluto is a rocky and icy planet with five known moons.


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