Space Game: Where in the Solar System is Destination Two? (day 5) And the answer is…

PLUTO!

Hey Space Bloggers, you figured it out! I didn’t doubt you for a light second!

Remember how I said that we have to wait until 2015 to get a close up picture of Pluto. Well, we do, but… Even though it’s nearly 6 BILLION (that’s 6,000,000,000!) miles from Earth, our intrepid space telescope Hubble took these amazing, if a bit fuzzy, pictures of Pluto.

Credit: NASA/ESA/SWRI

See those molasses colored splotches? No one knows what they are yet, but naturally scientists have some ideas. They’re hoping to find out that and lots more when New Horizons (you guessed it!) gets there in 2015.

And some great news for Pluto fans. Even though it was kicked out of the planet club in 2006, Pluto has a whole new class of celestial bodies named after it. Dwarf planets out past the orbit of Neptune are now called plutoids. Way to go, Pluto!

If you have more to say about Pluto – questions, answers, interesting facts – click on ‘Leave a Comment’ below. Meanwhile, have a great weekend and get ready…

Monday morning we blast off for Destination Three!

About Jane Peddicord

Jane Ann Peddicord is an award winning author, lawyer, and space enthusiast. About her first book, NIGHT WONDERS, Laura Kraft of the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii wrote, “We’ve long waited for books such as these to explain, in age-appropriate language, some of the fundamental concepts that have shaken the foundation of Physics.” Jane is represented by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio and likes science, space, and springer spaniels.
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2 Responses to Space Game: Where in the Solar System is Destination Two? (day 5) And the answer is…

  1. Bella Bear says:

    Go Pluto! :)




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