Why Pluto is the coolest dwarf planet in the galaxy

Pluto may merely be a dwarf planet, but that doesn't stop it from having some pretty awesome quirks that help it stand out from the crowd. Learn about Pluto and its many moons in this video.

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Video screenshot by Anthony Domanico/CNET

Poor Pluto was famously downgraded to dwarf planet status by the International Astronomical Union in 2006. Still, regardless of whether Pluto is considered a regular planet or dwarf planet, it has some cool features that make it stand out from the rest of the planets in the solar system, especially when you look at Pluto's moons.

For example, did you know that Pluto has five moons, and one of them is so big it causes the Pluto system's center of mass to be outside of Pluto itself, so all bodies of the Pluto system, including Pluto, orbit around that mass? You can learn more about Pluto and its moons by checking out the following video from Kurzgesagt, which is releasing a new moon-themed educational video every Mo(o)nday in May.

(Via io9)

 

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