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Pluto

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Razosh, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. Razosh

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    New Horizons has finally reached the dwarf planet Pluto and for the first time ever we have a good representation of what the dwarf planet looks like.

    [​IMG]

    Pluto has been found to be quite larger than previously estimated which makes it bigger than the estimated size of the dwarf planet Eris. We now know from the photos that Pluto is 2 370 kilometers (1 473 miles) in diameter. Eris on the other hand is estimated to have a diameter of 2 326 km. The newly found scale of Pluto means that it has a lower density than previously believed and that the dwarf planet carries more ice in its interior than was previously thought.

    Plutos biggest moon Charon has also been photoed and has shown to have a size of 1 208 km (751 miles) in diameter. The other two moons that we have photos of, Hydra and Nix have a diameter of 45 and 35 kilometers (30 and 20 miles). The smallest two moons have still not had photos taken of them however. Styx the smallest of the five moons has has estimated size that might be as small as 10 km in diameter.

    For a more detailed understanding of the scale of Pluto and its moons compared to Earth here's two more pictures.

    Size comparison
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  2. Arad MNK

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    FINALLY! WE (Doesn't mean humans, don't think I'm stupid) REACHED PLUTO AFTER 5 YEARS!
     
  3. edo494

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    10 not 5
     
  4. Chen

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    Yeiye(I wonder why)! But let's wait for at least 23 months to get more data back, maybe we'll see some draenei *ehem* aliens with the discovery.
     
  5. Heinvers

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    Pretty large indeed.
    Well, that makes it less the size of Titan(2576 km), which is kinda ironic given that Titan is a moon.

    Must be a sizable chunk of ice covered by dust and whatnot if it's that light(density).
    It would be great to catch a glimpse of the seasonal thin atmosphere that the planet acquires during its Perihelion/'summer' position.

    I wonder if it's able to have a notable magnetic field at all(since the Galilean moons have 'some sort' of it).

    Joke or not I wouldn't get my hopes too high (microbes at best, doubtful) since it's a way long from the sun
    (hmm, tidal effects from Charon's close orbit and large size could trigger some heating in the mantle
    but not that much to support something noticeable.)
    (Even alien microbes need some kind of mineral on which to feed on. Dunno if water ice with dust can do that much for it).

    Edit: No, don't expect to see that kind of stuff there.
     
  6. Zwiebelchen

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    Looks a little bit like earth's moon just with less craters.

    Boring... somehow; I expected Pluto to be ... blue. I mean, it has ice, after all.
     
  7. edo494

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    you do realize that only liquid water is blue right? :D Look at north or south pole, they are white, and I dont expect pluto to have >0° even in its core, let alone 1200 km long shaft of liquid water.
     
  8. Arad MNK

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    ARE YOU SERIOUS? Cores are always fuckin' hot!
     
  9. [E]clipse

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    This a great achievement you know...
    But still Saturns my favourite. :as:
     
  10. edo494

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    source of this claim? Even uran most likely has deep freeze'd core, since its gas giant, not solid planet
     
  11. hiphop4eva

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    I want a planet where if your dna gets into its atmosphere your whole body freezes.
     
  12. LordDz

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    That's called space.
     
  13. Razosh

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    Actually here's an image of Plutos inner layers. [​IMG]
     
  14. Heinvers

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    Wrong! Most moon/dwarf planet cores are actually solidified cold rocky schnitzels.
    Even Mars is theorized to have solid/cooled off core.
    You'll love Triton then. Even your crap will freeze over.
    You mean YoUranus?
    Yeah, well not quite frozen. Most gas giants/ice giants have metallic cores at high densities.

    Edit: Razosh beat me at it ;)
     
  15. edo494

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    well yea, Im just not used to English names for such things as planets.

    I will just add that if planet has iron in great amount inside its core, and it is "fuckin' hot", then it will have magnetic field of some sorts. I doubt pluto has any
     
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    I could swear I had always seen Pluto painted dark blue in my textbooks =P
     
  17. Razosh

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    Well unless those textbooks were printed yesterday you wouldn't have gotten an accurate depiction of Pluto. ;)
     
  18. Rui

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    So you seem to be quite into this Razosh =P what are the perspectives for investigation? What do scientists intend to study on Pluto and what do they seek to learn?
     
  19. Razosh

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    I find it enjoyable to read up on and I am interested because the world is so much larger than any of us can understand. This might not be a massive step but it's a step none the less to solving the deeper secrets of the universe. I can't be the only one who's interested in what lies beyond sol, or in it for that matter. We still have no good pictures of the dwarf planets in our solar system past Pluto. (Haumea, Makemake and Eris.) What makes it interesting isn't that I don't know but that humanity doesn't know. And that makes me interested in both past, future and what lies beyond our borders.
     
  20. Chen

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    Lawl, I still think that Pluto is Draenor because of that moons, then orcs will come then the draenei...Kill me nao