In fact, as long as you don’t try and hold your breath during decompression, you’ll survive about 30 seconds before you sustain any permanent injuries. Pluto is only about two-thirds as wide as Earth's moon and has about the same surface area as Russia. None of the distances between objects are to scale.). But Pluto does not. If you own a dog, you've heard this rule: 1 year for Fido equals 7 years for you. Astronomers have already named three other objects in the solar system that are about the same small size as Pluto. Just how did it get "kicked out" of our family of planets? From Pluto, the sun looks like just a bright dot in the sky, the brightest star visible. You will receive a verification email shortly. Poor Pluto. But the exact amount of time it would take for such a message would vary greatly throughout Pluto's year, which lasts 248 Earth years. Almost all the planets travel around the sun in nearly perfect circles. Pluto's other kmown moons are Kerberos and Styx. Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, are tidally locked, so one side of Pluto and one side of Charon always face one another. Pluto orbits in a far-out region of the solar system called the. "We've never been to [Pluto] or anything like it," planetary scientist Alan Stern told Space.com. Finally, it's not clear what kinds of dangers you'd face on Pluto, aside from cosmic radiation and the cold. If you lived on Pluto, you'd have to live 248 Earth years to celebrate your first birthday in Pluto-years. A while back, Pluto was the ninth planet from the sun. Future US, Inc. 11 West 42nd Street, 15th Floor, Makemake, like Pluto, is part of the Kuiper [KI-per] Belt, which is a region of trillions of icy objects orbiting beyond Neptune. About ten seconds. Best case scenario? You don’t necessarily have to stay in therapy for years on end, but since Pluto … As such, there is simply no way life could survive on the surface of Pluto. Please refresh the page and try again. Pluto is a dwarf planet that lies in the Kuiper Belt. Maybe a few minutes. Pluto is categorized as a dwarf planet. "Whether there are other environmental dangers like volcanoes or geysers, we just don't know," Stern said. These objects, along with Pluto, are much smaller than the "other" planets. Whether you believe Pluto should still be considered a full-fledged planet or not, one thing is certain: If you lived on Pluto right now, it would take about 4.5 hours for your messages to reach home. If you’re going through a Pluto transit, therapy is a step you don’t want to skip. [Living on Pluto: Dwarf Planet Facts Explained (Infographic)]. We finally got to visit Pluto, Charon, and the Kuiper Belt! They may help us understand how our solar system formed. In fact, as long as you don’t try and hold your breath during decompression, you’ll survive about 30 seconds before you sustain any permanent injuries. It's an area full of icy bodies and other dwarf planets at the edge of our solar system. On January 19, 2006, NASA launched a robot spacecraft on the long journey. Their insulation is designed to trap infrared light (heat) moving out from the body and radiating into space. (Image credit: By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist). Original article on Space.com. 5 billion years. Continue Reading. Yes, but it would be extremely challenging. NY 10036. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook and Google+. But not any more. One thing is certain. If you lived on Pluto, you'd have to live 248 Earth years to celebrate your first birthday in Pluto-years. Water. Space is part of Future US Inc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. Pluto and its large, orbiting companion object Charon, are tipped on their sides. Receive news and offers from our other brands? If you lived on Pluto, you would see Charon from. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute. "We'll know a lot more about Pluto when New Horizons gets there," said Stern, who's the principle investigator of the mission. If you weigh 100 pounds on Earth, you would weigh only 7 pounds on Pluto! Pluto pushes us towards introspection; you cannot navigate the muddy waters of this transit if you don’t make the effort to de-construct and analyse yourself. Well, just pick the answer you like best, because they are all true! Deep winter clothing wouldn’t help nearly enough to make an impact. But the exact amount of time it would take for such a message would vary greatly throughout Pluto's year, which lasts 248 Earth years. Earth. Follow Joseph Castro on Twitter. In the picture above, the arrows show the direction the planets and Pluto rotate. At midday on Pluto (the dwarf planet's day is 6.4 Earth days), the sun would look like Jupiter does from Earth — like a fat star — though much brighter, Stern said. Charon's orbit around Pluto takes about six and one-half Earth days. Your ship will need to be rotating to create artificial gravity. The spacecraft arrived at Pluto in July 2015, and will continue to study other objects in the Kuiper Belt from about 2018 to 2022. Additionally, its gravity is only one-fifteenth that of Earth's, so you'd only weigh 10 lbs. Whether you believe Pluto should still be considered a full-fledged planet or not, one thing is certain: The object is shrouded in mystery, and we don't have a complete picture of what it would be like to live there. The planets' axes of rotation stand more or less upright from the plane of their orbits. In 2006, Pluto lost its status as a planet when it was reclassified as a dwarf planet, a move that caused much controversy and debate. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer. Pluto travels along a highly elliptical orbit that brings it inside Neptune's orbit for 20 years; during this time, when Pluto is closest to Earth, a message sent home would take about four hours. Turns out, the math isn't that simple. It was also the smallest planet. Depending on where it is in its orbit, you can expect freezing temperatures on Pluto that vary from minus 369 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 223 Celsius) to minus 387 F (minus 233 C). Without holding our breaths, or donning any kind of spacesuit, we can survive for about 80 … In 2006, Pluto was categorized with three other objects in the solar system that are about the same small size as Pluto: Pluto is actually closer to the sun than Neptune for about 8% of its orbit. If you lived on Pluto right now, it would take about 4.5 hours for your messages to reach home. And who are its "real" family members? 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What would it be like to stand on Pluto's surface? © Pluto and its neighborhood are very peculiar. Pluto's next two largest moons, Nix and Hydra, would also be visible with your naked eye. Thank you for signing up to Space. Notice Pluto's and Uranus' point along the same plane as their orbits, instead of more or less "up and down.". NASA's New Horizons probe will become the first spacecraft ever to visit Pluto, making a close flyby of the dwarf planet on July 14.