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Our Solar System Pluto

Our Solar System Pluto

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Published by Donnette Davis
A Mini Activity book Focusing on a specific area of the Solar System. The information contained in this book will cover an entire lesson, and so is suitable as teaching material. Ideal for homeschooling. This book is about Pluto.
A Mini Activity book Focusing on a specific area of the Solar System. The information contained in this book will cover an entire lesson, and so is suitable as teaching material. Ideal for homeschooling. This book is about Pluto.

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Published by: Donnette Davis on Sep 21, 2009
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Pluto
Compiled by Donnette E Daviswww.staidenshomeschool.com
 
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Parent/Teacher Discussion Ideas 
 
Neptune's magnetic field is off centre and at a large angle to its rotation axis. What  processes in the interior generate thisoddly shaped field? 
 
What accounts for the relative lack of hydrogen and helium in Neptune (and Uranus)? 
 
Why are Neptune's winds so strong inspite of the fact that it is so far from theSun and has a relatively weak internal heat source? 
 
What happened to the Great Dark Spot? 
 
Can we design a useful Neptune orbiter mission cheap enough to be funded? 
 
Neptune and Uranus are very much alike. They are both large gasplanets that look like big blue-green balls in the sky. Neptune has windsin its atmosphere which blow at over 2000 kilometres per hour! Thisplanet has large, dark circles on its surface which astronomers believeto be storms. Neptune has two thick and two thin rings which surroundit. Neptune also has thirteen known moons. Four of these moons orbitthe planet within the rings. One of Neptune's moons, Triton, orbits theplanet in a direction opposite to Neptune's other moons. Neptune is thefarthest planet from the Sun.
 
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Pluto
How big is Pluto?
Pluto's
mass
is about 12,500,000,000,000,000,000,000 kilograms. While this mayseem large, it's only about 1/500th of the Earth's mass. Pluto is between 2200 and2400 kilometres across. Its
surface area
is about 17,950,000 square kilometres (or 1/30th of the Earth's). Its
volume
is 7,150,000,000 km
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(or 1/150th of the Earth's)
Pluto Facts
:
 
 
Pluto is a dwarf planet, smaller eventhan Earth's Moon.
 
Pluto sometimes moves closer to thesun than Neptune.
 
Pluto is a dwarf planet that wasdiscovered by the astronomer Clyde W.Tombaugh in Arizona on February 18,1930.
 
 Astronomers are now finding new objects far, far from the Sun which they call dwarf planets. Pluto, which wasonce called a planet, is now called adwarf planet 
.
 
 
Pluto is actually smaller than one of Neptune's
 
moons, Triton.Pluto twice, a smaller raw and alarger processed image combined, from the Hubble Space TelescopeComparison of the sizes of Pluto,Charon, the Moon and Earth

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