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Living on Pluto: Dwarf Planet Facts Explained (Infographic)

Chart shows conditions on Pluto.
Pluto was considered a planet until 2006, when it was reclassified as a dwarf planet. (Image credit: By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist)

Pluto, one of the  most  massive objects known in the Kuiper Belt region of the solar system, orbits between 30 and 50 times farther from the sun than the Earth does.

 

Now classed as a dwarf planet, Pluto was only discovered in 1930.

 

Half the diameter of Pluto itself, the moon Charon would loom large over the hemisphere of Pluto that permanently faces it.

Karl Tate
Karl's association with SPACE.com goes back to 2000, when he was hired to produce interactive Flash graphics. Starting in 2010, Karl has been TechMediaNetwork's infographics specialist across all editorial properties.  Before joining SPACE.com, Karl spent 11 years at the New York headquarters of The Associated Press, creating  news graphics for use around the world in newspapers and on the web.  He has a degree in graphic design from Louisiana State University. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Karl on Google+.

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