ດາວຍົມ (ດັດສະນີດາວເຄາະນ້ອຍ: 134340 Pluto) ແມ່ນ ດາວເຄາະແຄະ ທີ່ຢູ່ໃນແຖບໄຄເປີ, ເຊິ່ງເປັນວົງແຫວນທີ່ຮວບຮວມເອົາບັນດາວັດຖຸພົ້ນດາວເກດໄວ້. ມັນເປັນວັດຖຸທຳອິດໃນກຸ່ມດັ່ງກ່າວທີ່ຖືກຄົ້ນພົບ ແລະ ເປັນດາວເຄາະແຄະທີ່ມີມວນໃຫຍ່ໃຫຍ່ທີ່ສຸດ ແລະ ມີຂະໜາດໃຫຍ່ເປັນອັນດັບທີສອງທີ່ຮູ້ຈັກກັນໃນລະບົບສຸລິຍະ, ເປັນວັດຖຸທີ່ມີມວນໃຫຍ່ເປັນອັນດັບທີ 10 ແລະ ມີຂະໜາດໃຫຍ່ເປັນອັນດັບທີ 9 ທີ່ໂຄຈອນອ້ອມດວງຕາເວັນໂດຍກົງ. ມັນເປັນວັດຖຸພົ້ນດາວເກດທີ່ມີບໍລິມາດໃຫຍ່ທີ່ສຸດ ແຕ່ວ່າມີມວນໜ້ອຍກວ່າ ເອຣິສ, ດາວເຄາະແຄະທີ່ຢູ່ໃນແຖບຫີນກະຈາຍ. ເຊັ່ນດຽວກັບວັດຖຸອື່ນໆໃນແຖບໄຄເປີ, ດາວຍົມແມ່ນມີສ່ວນປະກອບຂອງນ້ຳແຂງ ແລະ ຫີນໂດຍພື້ນຖານ ແລະ ມີຂະໜາດປະມານ 1/6 ຂອງດວງຈັນ ແລະ ມີບໍລິມາດ 1/3 ຂອງດວງຈັນ. ມັນມີຄວາມເຍື້ອງສູນກາງພໍສົມຄວນ ແລະ ໂຄຈອນຢູ່ລະຫວ່າງ 30 to 49 ໜ່ວຍດາລາສາດ (4.4–7.3 ຕື້ ກິໂລແມັດ) ຈາກດວງຕາເວັນ. ນີ້ໝາຍຄວາມວ່າ ບາງຄັ້ງຄາວ ດາວຍົມຈະໂຄຈອນມາໃກ້ດວງຕາເວັນຫຼາຍກວ່າດາວເກດ, ແຕ່ວ່າການສັ່ນພ້ອງຂອງວົງໂຄຈອນທີ່ສະຖຽນກັບດາວເກດໄດ້ປົກປ້ອງບໍ່ໃຫ້ພວກມັນໂຄຈອນມາຕຳກັນ. ໃນປີ 2014, ດາວຍົມຢູ່ຫ່າງຈາກດວງຕາເວັນໃນໄລຍະ 32.6 AU. ແສງຈາກດວງຕາເວັນໃຊ້ເວລາ 5.5 ຊົ່ວໂມງໃນການເດີນທາງໄປເຖິງດາວຍົມດ້ວຍໄລຍະຫ່າງສະເລ່ຍ (39.4 AU).
ດາວຍົມຖືກຄົ້ນພົບເມື່ອປີ 1930 ໂດຍ Clyde Tombaugh, ແລະ ໃນເບື້ອງຕົ້ນຖືກຈັດເປັນດາວເຄາະດວງທີເກົ້າ. ພາຍຫຼັງປີ 1992, ສະຖານະດາວເຄາະຂອງມັນໄດ້ກາຍເປັນຂໍ້ສົງໄສເນື່ອງຈາກມີການຄົ້ນພົບວັດຖຸຕ່າງໆທີ່ມີຂະໜາດໃກ້ຄຽງກັນຫຼາຍດວງຢູ່ໃນແຖບໄຄເປີ. ໃນປີ 2005, ເອຣິສ, ເຊິ່ງມີຂະໜາດໃຫຍ່ກວ່າດາວເກດເຖິງ 27%, ຖືກຄົ້ນພົບ ແລະ ນຳສະຫະພັນດາລາສາດສາກົນ (IAU) ໄປສູ່ການນິຍາມຄວາມໝາຍຂອງຄຳວ່າ "ດາວເຄາະ" ເປັນຄັ້ງທຳອິດຢ່າງເປັນທາງການ ໃນປີຕໍ່ມາ. ນິຍາມດັ່ງກ່າວໄດ້ແຍກດາວຍົມອອກມາ ແລະ ຖືກຈັດປະເພດກາຍເປັນສະມາຊິກໃໝ່ຂອງໝວດ "ດາວເຄາະແຄະ" (ເຈາະຈົງແມ່ນວັດຖຸປະເພດ plutoid). ນັກດາລາສາດບາງສ່ວນເຊື່ອວ່າ ດາວຍົມຄວນຈະຍັງຖືກຈັດປະເພດເປັນດາວເຄາະ.
ດາວຍົມມີດວງຈັນທີ່ຮູ້ຈັກ 5 ດວງ: ຄາຣອນ (ດວງທີ່ໃຫຍ່ທີ່ສຸດ, ເຊິ່ງມີເສັ້ນຜ່າສູນກາງຫຼາຍກວ່າເຄິ່ງໜຶ່ງຂອງດາວຍົມ), ສະຕິກສ໌, ນິກສ໌, ເຄີເບຣອສ ແລະ ໄຮດຣາ. ໃນບາງຄັ້ງ ດາວຍົມ ແລະ ຄາຣອນກໍຖືກຈັດເປັນລະບົບດາວຄູ່ ເນື່ອງຈາກ ຈຸດສູນກາງມວນ ຂອງວົງໂຄຈອນຂອງພວກມັນບໍ່ໄດ້ປິ່ນອ້ອມດວງໃດດວງໜຶ່ງ. ສະຫະພັນດາລາສາດສາກົນ (IAU) ຍັງບໍ່ທັນໄດ້ກຳນົດນິຍາມຂອງດາວເຄາະແຄະຄູ່ຢ່າງເປັນທາງການເທື່ອ ແລະ ຄາຣອນກໍຍັງຖືກຈັດເປັນດວງຈັນຂອງດາວຍົມຢູ່.
ໃນຊຸມປີ 1840, ອວກເບນ ເລີ ແວກຣີເຢ (Urbain Le Verrier) ໄດ້ໃຊ້ ກົນລະສາດນິວເຕິນ ໃນການທຳນາຍຕຳແໜ່ງຂອງດາວເກດ ເຊິ່ງເປັນດາວເຄາະທີ່ຍັງບໍ່ທັນຖືກຄົ້ນພົບໃນຕອນນັ້ນ ໂດຍການປະມວນຜົນຈາກການລົບກວນທີ່ມີຕໍ່ວົງໂຄຈອນຂອງດາວມະລຶດຕະຍູ. ການສຳຫຼວດດາວເກດທີ່ຕາມມາພາຍຫຼັງໃນຕົ້ນສະຕະວັດທີ 19 ໄດ້ພານັກດາລາສາດໄປສູ່ການຕັ້ງຂໍ້ສັງເກດວ່າ ວົງໂຄຈອນຂອງດາວມະລຶດຕະຍູກຳລັງຖືກລົບກວນໂດຍດາວເຄາະອື່ນນອກຈາກດາວເກດ.
ໃນປີ 1906, ເພີຊີວານ ໂລເວວ (Percival Lowell), ຄົນບອສຕັນທີ່ຮັ່ງມີເຊິ່ງເປັນຜູ່ກໍ່ຕັ້ງຫໍເບິ່ງດາວໂລແວນ ທີ່ ເມືອງແຟຼັກສະຕາບ, ລັດອາຣິໂຊນາ ໃນປີ 1894 ໄດ້ເລີ່ມໂຄງການເພີ່ມເຕີມໃນການຄົ້ນຫາດາວເຄາະດວງທີ 9 ເຊິ່ງລາວໄດ້ຕັ້ງຊື່ວ່າ "ດາວເຄາະ X". ຮອດປີ 1909, ໂລແວນ ແລະ ວິນລຽມ ເຮັນຣີ ພິກເກີຣິງ (William H. Pickering) ໄດ້ສະເໜີພິກັດທ້ອງຟ້າທີ່ເປັນໄປໄດ້ຫຼາຍອັນສຳລັບດາວເຄາະດວງດັ່ງກ່າວ. ໂລແວນ ແລະ ຫໍເບິ່ງດາວຂອງລາວໄດ້ທຳການຄົ້ນຫາຈົນກະທັ້ງລາວໄດ້ເສຍຊີວິດໃນປີ 1916, ແຕ່ວ່າບໍ່ໄດ້ຮັບຜົນສຳເລັດແຕ່ຢ່າງໃດ. ໂລແວນບໍ່ຮູ້ເລີຍວ່າການສຳຫຼວດຂອງລາວໄດ້ຖ່າຍຮູບພາບທີ່ເລືອນລາງ 2 ຮູບຂອງດາວຍົມໃນວັນທີ 19 ມີນາ ແລະ 7 ເມສາ 1915, ແຕ່ວ່າຍັງບໍ່ທັນຖືກຮັບຮູ້ວ່າພວກມັນແມ່ນຫຍັງກັນແທ້. ມີການສຳຫຼວດຈາກຮູບພາບອື່ນໆອີກ 14 ຄັ້ງ, ເຊິ່ງເກົ່າທີ່ສຸດແມ່ນດຳເນີນການໂດຍຫໍເບິ່ງດາວເຢີກສ໌ ໃນວັນທີ 20 ສິງຫາ 1909.
ເນື່ອງຈາກການຕໍ່ສູ້ທາງດ້ານກົດໝາຍກັບເປັນເວລາ 10 ປີກັບກົງສະແຕັງ ໂລແວນ (Constance Lowell), ເມຍໝ້າຍຂອງເພີຊີວານ ຜູ່ທີ່ພະຍາຍາມຍາດຊີງສ່ວນແບ່ງມໍລະດົກມູນຄ່າຫຼາຍລ້ານໂດລາຂອງຫໍເບິ່ງດາວດັ່ງກ່າວ, ການຄົ້ນຫາດາວເຄາະ X ບໍ່ໄດ້ດຳເນີນການຕໍ່ຈົນກະທັ້ງປີ 1929, ເມື່ອຜູ່ອຳນວຍການຂອງຫໍເບິ່ງດາວ, ເວສໂຕ ເມນວິນ ສະລິເຟີ (Vesto Melvin Slipher), ໄດ້ສົ່ງຕໍ່ການຄົ້ນຫາດາວເຄາະ X ໃຫ້ແກ່ ໄຄຼດ໌ ທອມໂບ, ຄົນຈາກລັດແຄນຊັສ ອາຍຸ 23 ປີ ຜູ່ທີ່ຫາກໍຈະມາເຖິງຫໍເບິ່ງດາວໂລແວນຫຼັງຈາກສະລິເຟີໄດ້ປະທັບໃຈໃນຜົນງານການແຕ້ມຮູບກ່ຽວກັບດາລາສາດຂອງລາວ.
ພາລະກິດຂອງທອມໂບແມ່ນການຖ່າຍພາບທ້ອງຟ້າຕອນກາງຄືນເປັນຄູ່ໆຢ່າງເປັນລະບົບ, ຫຼັງຈາກນັ້ນຈຶ່ງນຳເອົາຮູບພາບແຕ່ລະຄູ່ມາກວດກາ ແລະ ສັງເກດວ່າມີວັດຖຸໃດທີ່ໄດ້ປ່ຽນຕຳແໜ່ງ ຫຼື ບໍ່. ດ້ວຍການໃຊ້ເຄື່ອງມືປຽບທຽບຄວາມແຕກຕ່າງ, ລາວສາມາດສ້າງພາບຈຳລອງການເຄື່ອນທີ່ຂອງວັດຖຸຕ່າງໆເທິງທ້ອງຟ້າທີ່ມີການປ່ຽນຕຳແໜ່ງ ຫຼື ປະກົດຂຶ້ນໃນແຕ່ລະຮູບ. ໃນວັນທີ 18 ກຸມພາ 1930, ຫຼັງຈາກການຄົ້ນຫາເກືອບ 1 ປີ, ທອມໂບຄົ້ນພົບວັດຖຸເຄື່ອນທີ່ທີ່ເປັນໄປໄດ້ໃນຮູບພາບທີ່ຖ່າຍໃນລະຫວ່າງວັນທີ 23 ແລະ 29 ມັງກອນໃນປີດຽວກັນ. ຮູບຖ່າຍທີ່ມີຄຸນນະພາບຕ່ຳກວ່າທີ່ຖ່າຍໄວ້ໃນວັນທີ 21 ມັງກອນຊ່ວຍຢືນຢັນການເຄື່ອນທີ່ດັ່ງກ່າວ. ພາຍຫຼັງຫໍເບິ່ງດາວໄດ້ຮວບຮວມເອົາຮູບຖ່າຍຢືນຢັນເພີ່ມເຕີມ, ຂ່າວກ່ຽວກັບການຄົ້ນພົບກໍໄດ້ຖືກສົ່ງຕໍ່ທາງໂທລະເລກໄປຍັງຫໍເບິ່ງດາວມະຫາວິທະຍາໄລຮາເວີດ ໃນວັນທີ 13 ມີນາ 1930.
ການຄົ້ນພົບໄດ້ກາຍເປັນຫົວຂໍ້ຂ່າວໃນທົ່ວໂລກ. ຫໍເບິ່ງດາວໂລແວນ, ເຊິ່ງມີສິດໃນການຕັ້ງຊື່ວັດຖຸໃໝ່ນີ້ ໄດ້ຮັບການແນະນຳຊື່ຕ່າງໆຫຼາຍກວ່າ 1,000 ຊື່ຈາກທົ່ວໂລກ ບໍ່ວ່າຈະເປັນ ແອັດລາສ (Atlas) ໄປຈົນເຖິງ ຊີມານ (Zymal). ທອມໂບໄດ້ຮ້ອງຂໍໃຫ້ສະລິເຟີແນະນຳຊື່ຂອງວັດຖຸໃໝ່ນີ້ຢ່າງວ່ອງໄວກ່ອນທີ່ຄົນອື່ນຈະຕັ້ງຊື່ໃຫ້ມັນກ່ອນ. ກົງສະແຕັງ ໂລແວນ ໄດ້ສະເໜີຊື່ ຊຸສ (Zeus) ຈາກນັ້ນແມ່ນ ເພີຊີວານ ແລະ ສຸດທ້າຍແມ່ນ ກົງສະແຕັງ. ການສະເໜີຂອງນາງຖືກເມີນເສີຍ.
ຊື່ ດາວເກດ 'Pluto' ແມ່ນັ້ງຕາມຊື່ຂອງ ເທບແຫ່ງໂລກເບື້ອງລຸ່ມ ເຊິ່ງກໍຄືນາລົກນັ້ນເອງ, ໄດ້ຖືກສະເໜີໂດຍ ເວເນເຊຍ ເບີນີ (Venetia Burney) (1918–2009), ເຊິ່ງຕອນນັ້ນເປັນນັກຮຽນຍິງອາຍຸ 11 ປີ ໃນ ອັອກສ໌ຟອດ, ປະເທດອັງກິດ ທີ່ມີຄວາມສົນໃຈໃນຕຳນານເທບດັ້ງເດີມ. ລາວໄດ້ແນະນຳຊື່ນີ້ໃນການສົນທະນາກັບພໍ່ເຖົ້າຂອງລາວ ຟານໂຄເນີ ມາດານ, ບັນນາລັກເກົ່າທີ່ ຫໍສະໝຸດໂບດລຽນ ຂອງ ມະຫາວິທະຍາໄລອັອກສ໌ຟອດ, ຜູ່ທີ່ໄດ້ສົ່ງຊື່ໄປຍັງສາສະດາຈານດ້ານດາລາສາດ ເຮີເບີດ ຮໍ ເທີນເນີ (Herbert Hall Turner) ເຊິ່ງເປັນຄົນສົ່ງໂທລະເລກໄປປຫາເພື່ອນຮ່ວມງານທີ່ສະຫະລັດອາເມລິກາ.
ວັດຖຸດັ່ງກ່າວໄດ້ຮັບການຕັ້ງຊື່ຢ່າງເປັນທາງການເມື່ອວັນທີ 24 ມີນາ 1930. ສະມາຊິກຂອງຫໍເບິ່ງດາວໂລແວນໄດ້ຮັບອະນຸຍາດໃຫ້ລົງຄະແນນເລືອກເອົາໃນບັນດາ 3 ຊື່ ທີ່ຖືກຄັດເລືອກ ປະກອບດ້ວຍ: ມິເນີວາ (Minerva) (ຖືກຕັ້ງເປັນຊື່ຂອງດາວເຄາະນ້ອຍແລ້ວ), ໂຄຣນຸສ (Cronus) (ເສຍຄະແນນເນື່ອງຈາກຖືກສະເໜີຊື່ໂດຍນັກດາລາສາດທີ່ບໍ່ມີຊື່ສຽງ ໂທມັດ ເຈເຟີສັນ ແຈັກສັນ ຊີ (Thomas Jefferson Jackson See)) ແລະ ພຼູໂຕ (Pluto). Pluto ໄດ້ຮັບຄະແນນສຽງສູງສຸດ. ຊື່ດັ່ງກ່າວໄດ້ຖືກປະກາດໃນວັນທີ 1 ພຶດສະພາ 1930. ໃນເວລາທີ່ປະກາດນັ້ນ, ມາດານໄດ້ມອບເງິນຈຳນວນ 5 ປອນ (ເທົ່າກັບ ແມ່ແບບ:Inflation ປອນ, ຫຼື 430 ໂດລາສະຫະລັດໃນປີ ໒໐໒໑),ແມ່ແບບ:Inflation-fn ໃຫ້ແກ່ເວເນເຊຍເປັນລາງວັນ.
The choice of name was partly inspired by the fact that the first two letters of Pluto are the initials of Percival Lowell, and Pluto's astronomical symbol ( , Unicode U+2647, ♇) is a monogram constructed from the letters 'PL'. Pluto's astrological symbol resembles that of Neptune ( ), but has a circle in place of the middle prong of the trident ( ).
The name was soon embraced by wider culture. In 1930, Walt Disney was apparently inspired by it when he introduced for Mickey Mouse a canine companion named Pluto, although Disney animator Ben Sharpsteen could not confirm why the name was given. In 1941, Glenn T. Seaborg named the newly created element plutonium after Pluto, in keeping with the tradition of naming elements after newly discovered planets, following uranium, which was named after Uranus, and neptunium, which was named after Neptune.
Most languages use the name "Pluto" in various transliterations.[lower-alpha ໑] In Japanese, Houei Nojiri suggested the translation ແມ່ແບບ:Nihongo3, and this was borrowed into Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. Some Indian languages use the name Pluto, but others, such as Hindi, use the name of Yama, the Guardian of Hell in Hindu and Buddhist mythology, as does Vietnamese. Polynesian languages also tend to use the indigenous god of the underworld, as in Maori Whiro.
Planet X disprovedEdit
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Astronomers initially calculated its mass based on its presumed effect on Neptune and Uranus. In 1931 Pluto was calculated to be roughly the mass of Earth, with further calculations in 1948 bringing the mass down to roughly that of Mars. In 1976, Dale Cruikshank, Carl Pilcher and David Morrison of the University of Hawaii calculated Pluto's albedo for the first time, finding that it matched that for methane ice; this meant Pluto had to be exceptionally luminous for its size and therefore could not be more than 1 percent the mass of Earth.Script error: No such module "Footnotes". (Pluto's albedo is 1.3–2.0 times greater than that of Earth.)
In 1978, the discovery of Pluto's moon Charon allowed the measurement of Pluto's mass for the first time: roughly 0.2% that of Earth, and far too small to account for the discrepancies in the orbit of Uranus. Subsequent searches for an alternative Planet X, notably by Robert Sutton Harrington, failed. In 1992, Myles Standish used data from Voyager 2's flyby of Neptune in 1989, which had revised the estimates of Neptune's mass downward by 0.5%—an amount comparable to the mass of Mars—to recalculate its gravitational effect on Uranus. With the new figures added in, the discrepancies, and with them the need for a Planet X, vanished. Today, the majority of scientists agree that Planet X, as Lowell defined it, does not exist. Lowell had made a prediction of Planet X's orbit and position in 1915 that was fairly close to Pluto's actual orbit and its position at that time; Ernest W. Brown concluded soon after Pluto's discovery that this was a coincidence, a view still held today.
From 1992 onward, many bodies were discovered orbiting in the same area as Pluto, showing that Pluto is part of a population of objects called the Kuiper belt. This made its official status as a planet controversial, with many questioning whether Pluto should be considered together with or separately from its surrounding population. Museum and planetarium directors occasionally created controversy by omitting Pluto from planetary models of the Solar System. The Hayden Planetarium reopened—in February 2000, after renovation—with a model of only eight planets, which made headlines almost a year later.
As objects increasingly closer in size to Pluto were discovered in the region, it was argued that Pluto should be reclassified as one of the Kuiper belt objects, just as Ceres, Pallas, Juno and Vesta eventually lost their planet status after the discovery of many other asteroids. On 29 July 2005, the discovery of a new trans-Neptunian object, Eris, was announced, which was thought to be substantially larger than Pluto. This was the largest object discovered in the Solar System since Triton in 1846. Its discoverers and the press initially called it the tenth planet, although there was no official consensus at the time on whether to call it a planet. Others in the astronomical community considered the discovery the strongest argument for reclassifying Pluto as a minor planet.
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The debate came to a head on 24 August 2006 with an IAU resolution that created an official definition for the term "planet". According to this resolution, there are three main conditions for an object to be considered a 'planet':
- The object must be in orbit around the Sun.
- The object must be massive enough to be rounded by its own gravity. More specifically, its own gravity should pull it into a shape of hydrostatic equilibrium.
- It must have cleared the neighborhood around its orbit.
Pluto fails to meet the third condition, because its mass is only 0.07 times that of the mass of the other objects in its orbit (Earth's mass, by contrast, is 1.7 million times the remaining mass in its own orbit). The IAU further decided that bodies that, like Pluto, do not meet criterion 3 would be called dwarf planets. On 13 September 2006, the IAU included Pluto and Eris and its moon Dysnomia in their Minor Planet Catalogue, giving them the official minor planet designations "(134340) Pluto", "(136199) Eris", and "(136199) Eris I Dysnomia". If Pluto had been given one upon its discovery, the number would have been about 1,164 instead of 134,340.
There has been some resistance within the astronomical community toward the reclassification. Alan Stern, principal investigator with NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto, publicly derided the IAU resolution, stating that "the definition stinks, for technical reasons". Stern's contention was that by the terms of the new definition Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Neptune, all of which share their orbits with asteroids, would be excluded. He argued that all big spherical moons, including the Moon, should likewise be considered planets. His other claim was that because less than five percent of astronomers voted for it, the decision was not representative of the entire astronomical community. Marc W. Buie, then at Lowell Observatory, voiced his opinion on the new definition on his website and petitioned against the definition. Others have supported the IAU. Mike Brown, the astronomer who discovered Eris, said "through this whole crazy circus-like procedure, somehow the right answer was stumbled on. It's been a long time coming. Science is self-correcting eventually, even when strong emotions are involved."
Public reception to the IAU decision was mixed. Although many accepted the reclassification, some sought to overturn the decision with online petitions urging the IAU to consider reinstatement. A resolution introduced by some members of the California State Assembly facetiously called the IAU decision a "scientific heresy". The New Mexico House of Representatives passed a resolution in honor of Tombaugh, a longtime resident of that state, that declared that Pluto will always be considered a planet while in New Mexican skies and that 13 March 2007, was Pluto Planet Day. The Illinois Senate passed a similar resolution in 2009, on the basis that Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of Pluto, was born in Illinois. The resolution asserted that Pluto was "unfairly downgraded to a 'dwarf' planet" by the IAU. Some members of the public have also rejected the change, citing the disagreement within the scientific community on the issue, or for sentimental reasons, maintaining that they have always known Pluto as a planet and will continue to do so regardless of the IAU decision.
Researchers on both sides of the debate gathered on 14–16 August 2008, at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for a conference that included back-to-back talks on the current IAU definition of a planet. Entitled "The Great Planet Debate", the conference published a post-conference press release indicating that scientists could not come to a consensus about the definition of planet. Just before the conference, on 11 June 2008, the IAU announced in a press release that the term "plutoid" would henceforth be used to refer to Pluto and other objects that have an orbital semi-major axis greater than that of Neptune and enough mass to be of near-spherical shape.
Orbit and rotationEdit
Pluto's orbital period is 248 Earth years. Its orbital characteristics are substantially different from those of the planets, which follow nearly circular orbits around the Sun close to a flat reference plane called the ecliptic. In contrast, Pluto's orbit is highly inclined relative to the ecliptic (over 17°) and highly eccentric (elliptical). This high eccentricity means a small region of Pluto's orbit lies nearer the Sun than Neptune's. The Pluto–Charon barycenter came to perihelion on 5 September 1989,[lower-alpha ໒] and was last closer to the Sun than Neptune between 7 February 1979, and 11 February 1999.
In the long term, Pluto's orbit is chaotic. Although computer simulations can be used to predict its position for several million years (both forward and backward in time), after intervals longer than the Lyapunov time of 10–20 million years, calculations become speculative: Pluto is sensitive to immeasurably small details of the Solar System, hard-to-predict factors that will gradually disrupt its orbit.
Relationship with NeptuneEdit
Despite Pluto's orbit appearing to cross that of Neptune when viewed from directly above, the two objects' orbits are aligned so that they can never collide or even approach closely. There are several reasons why.
At the simplest level, one can examine the two orbits and see that they do not intersect. When Pluto is closest to the Sun, and hence closest to Neptune's orbit as viewed from above, it is also the farthest above Neptune's path. Pluto's orbit passes about 8 AU above that of Neptune, preventing a collision. Pluto's ascending and descending nodes, the points at which its orbit crosses the ecliptic, are currently separated from Neptune's by over 21°.
This alone is not enough to protect Pluto; perturbations from the planets (especially Neptune) could alter aspects of Pluto's orbit (such as its orbital precession) over millions of years so that a collision could be possible. Some other mechanism or mechanisms must therefore be at work. The most significant of these is that Pluto lies in the 2:3 mean-motion resonance with Neptune: for every two orbits that Pluto makes around the Sun, Neptune makes three. The two objects then return to their initial positions and the cycle repeats, each cycle lasting about 500 years. This pattern is such that, in each 500-year cycle, the first time Pluto is near perihelion, Neptune is over 50° behind Pluto. By Pluto's second perihelion, Neptune will have completed a further one and a half of its own orbits, and so will be a similar distance ahead of Pluto. Pluto and Neptune's minimum separation is over 17 AU, which is greater than Pluto's minimum separation from Uranus (11 AU).
The 2:3 resonance between the two bodies is highly stable, and is preserved over millions of years. This prevents their orbits from changing relative to one another; the cycle always repeats in the same way, and so the two bodies can never pass near each other. Thus, even if Pluto's orbit were not highly inclined, the two bodies could never collide.
Numerical studies have shown that over periods of millions of years, the general nature of the alignment between the orbits of Pluto and Neptune does not change. There are several other resonances and interactions that govern the details of their relative motion, and enhance Pluto's stability. These arise principally from two additional mechanisms (besides the 2:3 mean-motion resonance).
First, Pluto's argument of perihelion, the angle between the point where it crosses the ecliptic and the point where it is closest to the Sun, librates around 90°. This means that when Pluto is closest to the Sun, it is at its farthest above the plane of the Solar System, preventing encounters with Neptune. This is a direct consequence of the Kozai mechanism, which relates the eccentricity of an orbit to its inclination to a larger perturbing body—in this case Neptune. Relative to Neptune, the amplitude of libration is 38°, and so the angular separation of Pluto's perihelion to the orbit of Neptune is always greater than 52° (90°–38°). The closest such angular separation occurs every 10,000 years.
Second, the longitudes of ascending nodes of the two bodies—the points where they cross the ecliptic—are in near-resonance with the above libration. When the two longitudes are the same—that is, when one could draw a straight line through both nodes and the Sun—Pluto's perihelion lies exactly at 90°, and hence it comes closest to the Sun when it is highest above Neptune's orbit. This is known as the 1:1 superresonance. All the Jovian planets, particularly Jupiter, play a role in the creation of the superresonance.
To understand the nature of the libration, imagine a polar point of view, looking down on the ecliptic from a distant vantage point where the planets orbit counterclockwise. After passing the ascending node, Pluto is interior to Neptune's orbit and moving faster, approaching Neptune from behind. The strong gravitational pull between the two causes angular momentum to be transferred to Pluto, at Neptune's expense. This moves Pluto into a slightly larger orbit, where it travels slightly more slowly, according to Kepler's third law. As its orbit changes, this has the gradual effect of changing the perihelion and longitude of Pluto's orbit (and, to a lesser degree, of Neptune). After many such repetitions, Pluto is sufficiently slowed, and Neptune sufficiently speeded up, that Neptune begins to catch up with Pluto at the opposite side of its orbit (near the opposing node to where we began). The process is then reversed, and Pluto loses angular momentum to Neptune, until Pluto is sufficiently speeded up that it begins to catch Neptune again at the original node. The whole process takes about 20,000 years to complete.
Pluto's rotation period, its day, is equal to 6.39 Earth days. Like Uranus, Pluto rotates on its "side" on its orbital plane, with an axial tilt of 120°, and so its seasonal variation is extreme; at its solstices, one-fourth of its surface is in continuous daylight, whereas another fourth is in continuous darkness. Daylight on Pluto is weak, analogous to twilight on Earth; NASA has posted a "Pluto Time" calculator that determines when the light on Earth is equivalent to that on Pluto on a clear day. For example, on 13 July 2015, at the coordinates of the Applied Physics Laboratory where the probe was constructed, the Pluto Time was 8:38 p.m., four minutes later than the apparent sunset of 8:34 p.m. reported for that location by NOAA.
At least one minor body, ແມ່ແບບ:Mpl, is a quasi-satellite of Pluto, a specific type of co-orbital configuration. It has been a quasi-satellite of Pluto for about 100,000 years and it will remain so for perhaps another 250,000 years. Its quasi-satellite behavior is recurrent with a periodicity of 2 million years. There may be additional Pluto co-orbitals.
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Due to Pluto's distance from Earth, in-depth study from Earth is difficult. On July 14, 2015, NASA's New Horizons space probe flew through the Pluto system, which will provide much information about it.
Pluto's surface is composed of more than 98 percent nitrogen ice, with traces of methane and carbon monoxide. The face of Pluto oriented toward Charon contains more methane ice, whereas the opposite face contains more nitrogen and carbon monoxide ice. Pluto's surface is very varied, with large differences in both brightness and color. Pluto is one of the most contrastive bodies in the Solar System, with as much contrast as Saturn's moon Iapetus. The color varies between charcoal black, dark orange and white. Pluto's color is more similar to that of Io with slightly more orange, significantly less red than Mars.
Pluto's density is ແມ່ແບບ:Val. Because the decay of radioactive elements would eventually heat the ices enough for the rock to separate from them, scientists expect that Pluto's internal structure is differentiated, with the rocky material having settled into a dense core surrounded by a mantle of water ice. The diameter of the core is hypothesized to be approximately ແມ່ແບບ:Val, 70% of Pluto's diameter. It is possible that such heating continues today, creating a subsurface ocean layer of liquid water some 100 to 180 km thick at the core–mantle boundary.
Mass and sizeEdit
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|1993||1180 (2360) km||Millis, et al. (surface & haze)|
|1994||1164 (2328) km||Young & Binzel|
|2006||1153 (2306) km||Buie, et al.|
|2007||1161 (2322) km||Young, Young, & Buie|
|2011||1180 (2360) km||Zalucha, et al.|
|2014||1184 (2368) km||Lellouch, et al.|
|2015||1185 (2370) km||New Horizons measurement|
Pluto's mass is 1.31×1022 kg, less than 0.24 percent that of Earth, and its diameter is 2370 km. Its surface area is ແມ່ແບບ:Val, or roughly the same surface area as Russia. Its surface gravity is 0.063g (compared to 1g for Earth).
The discovery of Pluto's satellite Charon in 1978 enabled a determination of the mass of the Pluto–Charon system by application of Newton's formulation of Kepler's third law. Observations of Pluto in occultation with Charon allowed scientists to establish Pluto's diameter more accurately, whereas the invention of adaptive optics allowed them to determine its shape more accurately.
With less than 0.2 lunar masses, Pluto is much less massive than the terrestrial planets, and also less massive than seven moons, Ganymede, Titan, Callisto, Io, the Moon, Europa, and Triton. The mass is much less than thought before Charon was discovered.
Pluto is more than twice the diameter and a dozen times the mass of the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt. It is less massive than the dwarf planet Eris, a trans-Neptunian object discovered in 2005, though Pluto has a larger diameter of 2370 km compared to Eris's approximate diameter of 2326 km.
Determinations of Pluto's size had been complicated by its atmosphere, and possible hydrocarbon haze. In March 2014, Lellouch, de Bergh et al. published findings regarding methane mixing ratios in Pluto's atmosphere consistent with a Plutonian diameter greater than 2360 km, with a "best guess" of 2368 km. On 13 July 2015 NASA's New Horizons mission Long Range Reconnaissance Imager determined Pluto's diameter to be Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Convert/text' not found..
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The presence of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, in Pluto's atmosphere creates a temperature inversion, with average temperatures 36 K warmer 10 km above the surface. The lower atmosphere contains a higher concentration of methane than its upper atmosphere.
Even though Pluto is receding from the Sun, in 2002 the atmospheric pressure (0.3 Pa) was higher than in 1988, because in 1987 the south pole of Pluto came out of the shadow for the first time in 120 years, causing extra nitrogen to start sublimating from the polar cap. It will take decades for this nitrogen to condense out of the atmosphere as it freezes onto Pluto's now continuously dark north pole's ice cap.
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Pluto has five known natural satellites: Charon, first identified in 1978 by astronomer James Christy; Nix and Hydra, both discovered in 2005; Kerberos, discovered in 2011; and Styx, discovered in 2012. The satellites' orbits are circular (eccentricity < 0.006) and coplanar with Pluto's equator (inclination < 1°), and therefore tilted approximately 120° relative to Pluto's orbit. The Plutonian system is highly compact: the five known satellites orbit within the inner 3% of the region where prograde orbits would be stable. Closest to Pluto orbits Charon, which is large enough to be in hydrostatic equilibrium and for the system's barycenter to be outside Pluto. Beyond Charon orbit Pluto's smaller circumbinary moons, Styx, Nix, Kerberos, and Hydra, respectively.
The orbital periods of all of Pluto's moons are linked in a system of orbital resonances and near resonances. When precession is accounted for, the orbital periods of Styx, Nix, and Hydra are in an exact 18:22:33 ratio. There is also a 3:4:5:6 sequence of approximate ratios between the periods of Styx, Nix, Kerberos and Hydra with that of Charon, which becomes closer to exact going outward.
The Pluto–Charon system is one of the few systems in the Solar System whose barycenter lies above the primary's surface (617 Patroclus is a smaller example, the Sun and Jupiter the only larger one). This and the large size of Charon relative to Pluto have led some astronomers to call it a double dwarf planet. The system is also unusual among planetary systems in that each is tidally locked to the other: Charon always presents the same face to Pluto, and Pluto always presents the same face to Charon: from any position on either body, the other is always at the same position in the sky, or always obscured. This also means that the rotation period of each is equal to the time it takes the entire system to rotate around its common center of gravity. In 2007, observations by the Gemini Observatory of patches of ammonia hydrates and water crystals on the surface of Charon suggested the presence of active cryo-geysers.
Pluto's moons are believed to have been formed by a collision between Pluto and a similar-sized body early in the history of the Solar System. The collision released material that consolidated into the moons around Pluto. However, Kerberos has a much lower albedo than the other moons of Pluto, which is difficult to explain with a giant collision.
Pluto's origin and identity had long puzzled astronomers. One early hypothesis was that Pluto was an escaped moon of Neptune, knocked out of orbit by its largest current moon, Triton. This idea was eventually rejected after dynamical studies of the two planets' orbits showed it to be impossible.
Pluto's true place in the Solar System began to reveal itself only in 1992, when astronomers began to find small icy objects beyond Neptune that were similar to Pluto not only in orbit but also in size and composition. This trans-Neptunian population is believed to be the source of many short-period comets. Astronomers now believe Pluto to be the largest[lower-alpha ໓] member of the Kuiper belt, a stable belt of objects located between 30 and 50 AU from the Sun. As of 2011, surveys of the Kuiper belt to magnitude 21 were nearly complete and any remaining Pluto-sized objects are expected to be beyond 100 AU from the Sun. Like other Kuiper-belt objects (KBOs), Pluto shares features with comets; for example, the solar wind is gradually blowing Pluto's surface into space, in the manner of a comet. It has been claimed that if Pluto were placed as near to the Sun as Earth, it would develop a tail, as comets do. This claim has been disputed with the argument that Pluto's escape velocity is too high for this to happen.
Though Pluto is the largest Kuiper belt object discovered, Neptune's moon Triton, which is slightly larger than Pluto, is similar to it both geologically and atmospherically and is believed to be a captured Kuiper belt object. Eris (see above) is about the same size as Pluto (though more massive) but is not strictly considered a member of the Kuiper belt population. Rather, it is considered a member of a linked population called the scattered disc.
Like other members of the Kuiper belt, Pluto is thought to be a residual planetesimal; a component of the original protoplanetary disc around the Sun that failed to fully coalesce into a full-fledged planet. Most astronomers agree that Pluto owes its current position to a sudden migration undergone by Neptune early in the Solar System's formation. As Neptune migrated outward, it approached the objects in the proto-Kuiper belt, setting one in orbit around itself (Triton), locking others into resonances, and knocking others into chaotic orbits. The objects in the scattered disc, a dynamically unstable region overlapping the Kuiper belt, are believed to have been placed in their current positions by interactions with Neptune's migrating resonances. A computer model created in 2004 by Alessandro Morbidelli of the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur in Nice suggested that the migration of Neptune into the Kuiper belt may have been triggered by the formation of a 1:2 resonance between Jupiter and Saturn, which created a gravitational push that propelled both Uranus and Neptune into higher orbits and caused them to switch places, ultimately doubling Neptune's distance from the Sun. The resultant expulsion of objects from the proto-Kuiper belt could also explain the Late Heavy Bombardment 600 million years after the Solar System's formation and the origin of the Jupiter trojans. It is possible that Pluto had a near-circular orbit about 33 AU from the Sun before Neptune's migration perturbed it into a resonant capture. The Nice model requires that there were about a thousand Pluto-sized bodies in the original planetesimal disk, which included Triton and Eris.
Observation and explorationEdit
Pluto's distance from Earth makes in-depth study from Earth difficult. On 14 July 2015, NASA's New Horizons space probe flew through the Pluto system, which will provide much information about it.
Pluto's visual apparent magnitude averages 15.1, brightening to 13.65 at perihelion. To see it, a telescope is required; around 30 cm (12 in) aperture being desirable. It looks star-like and without a visible disk even in large telescopes, because its angular diameter is only 0.11".
The earliest maps of Pluto, made in the late 1980s, were brightness maps created from close observations of eclipses by its largest moon, Charon. Observations were made of the change in the total average brightness of the Pluto–Charon system during the eclipses. For example, eclipsing a bright spot on Pluto makes a bigger total brightness change than eclipsing a dark spot. Computer processing of many such observations can be used to create a brightness map. This method can also track changes in brightness over time.
Better maps were produced from images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), which offered higher resolution, and showed considerably more detail, resolving variations several hundred kilometers across, including polar regions and large bright spots. These maps were produced by complex computer processing, which finds the best-fit projected maps for the few pixels of the Hubble images. These remained the most detailed maps of Pluto until the flyby of New Horizons in July 2015, because the two cameras on the HST used for these maps were no longer in service.
Pluto presents significant challenges for spacecraft because of its small mass and great distance from Earth. Voyager 1 could have visited Pluto, but controllers opted instead for a close flyby of Saturn's moon Titan, resulting in a trajectory incompatible with a Pluto flyby. Voyager 2 never had a plausible trajectory for reaching Pluto. No serious attempt to explore Pluto by spacecraft occurred until the last decade of the 20th century. In August 1992, JPL scientist Robert Staehle telephoned Pluto's discoverer, Clyde Tombaugh, requesting permission to visit his planet. "I told him he was welcome to it", Tombaugh later remembered, "though he's got to go one long, cold trip". Despite this early momentum, in 2000, NASA cancelled the Pluto Kuiper Express mission, citing increasing costs and launch vehicle delays.
After an intense political battle, a revised mission to Pluto, dubbed New Horizons, was granted funding from the US government in 2003. New Horizons was launched successfully on 19 January 2006. The mission leader, S. Alan Stern, confirmed that some of the ashes of Clyde Tombaugh, who died in 1997, had been placed aboard the spacecraft.
New Horizons captured its first (distant) images of Pluto in late September 2006, during a test of the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI). The images, taken from a distance of approximately 4.2 billion kilometers, confirmed the spacecraft's ability to track distant targets, critical for maneuvering toward Pluto and other Kuiper belt objects. In early 2007 the craft made use of a gravity assist from Jupiter.
On 4 February 2015, NASA released new images of Pluto (taken on 25 and 27 January) from the approaching probe. New Horizons was more than Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Convert/text' not found. away from Pluto when it began taking the photos, which showed Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. On 20 March 2015, NASA invited the general public to suggest names for surface features that will be discovered on Pluto and Charon. On 15 April 2015, Pluto was imaged showing a possible polar cap. Between April and June 2015, New Horizons began returning images of Pluto that exceeded the quality that the Hubble Space Telescope could produce.
Pluto's small moons, discovered shortly before and after the probe's launch, were considered to be potentially hazardous, as debris from collisions between Kuiper belt objects and the smaller moons, with their relatively low escape velocities, could have produced a tenuous dusty ring. If New Horizons had travelled through such a ring system, there would have been an increased risks for ແມ່ແບບ:Dp damage that could have disable the probe.
The space probe had its closest approach to Pluto on 14 July 2015—after a 3,462 day journey across the Solar System. Scientific observations of Pluto have begun five months before the closest approach and will continue for at least a month after the encounter. New Horizons used a remote sensing package that includes imaging instruments and a radio science investigation tool, as well as spectroscopic and other experiments, to characterize the global geology and morphology of Pluto and its moon Charon, map their surface composition and analyze Pluto's neutral atmosphere and its escape rate. New Horizons also photographed the surfaces of Pluto and Charon.
A Pluto orbiter/lander/sample return mission was proposed in 2003. The plan included a twelve-year trip from Earth to Pluto, mapping from orbit, multiple landings, a warm water probe, and possible in situ propellant production for another twelve-year trip back to Earth with samples. Power and propulsion would come from the bimodal MITEE nuclear reactor system.
- The equivalence is less close in languages whose phonology differs widely from Greek's, such as Somali Buluuto and Navajo Tłóotoo.
- The discovery of Charon in 1978 allowed astronomers to accurately calculate the mass of the Plutonian system. But it did not indicate the two bodies' individual masses, which could only be estimated after other moons of Pluto's were discovered in late 2005. As a result, because Pluto came to perihelion in 1989, most Pluto perihelion date estimates are based on the Pluto–Charon barycenter. Charon came to perihelion 4 September 1989. The Pluto–Charon barycenter came to perihelion 5 September 1989. Pluto came to perihelion 8 September 1989.
- The dwarf planet Eris is roughly the same size as Pluto, about 2330 km; Eris is, however, 28% more massive than Pluto. Eris is a scattered-disc object, often considered a distinct population from Kuiper-belt objects like Pluto; Pluto is the largest body in the Kuiper belt proper, which excludes the scattered-disc objects.
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- New Horizons homepage
- Pluto Profile at NASA's Solar System Exploration site
- NASA Pluto factsheet
- Website of the observatory that discovered Pluto
- Earth telescope image of Pluto system
- Keck infrared with AO of Pluto system
- Gray, Meghan (2009). "Pluto". Sixty Symbols. Brady Haran for the University of Nottingham.