Life on Pluto

Go then, there are other worlds than these.

–Stephen King’s, “The Gunslinger

I always like to explore strange new places, islands, planets, etc. The outer planets really fascinate me, including Pluto the dwarf-planet. By the way Pluto is called meiōsei (冥王星) in Japanese and myeong wang seong (명왕성) in Korean. Both mean “King of the Underworld” just like “Pluto” in Greek Roman myth. 😉

Pluto is extremely far away from the Sun, and I really liked this artist’s depiction of Pluto:

ESO-L. Calçada - Pluto (by)

The surface of Pluto is mostly frozen of course, and from that distance, the sun is just a bright star. You can see a thin layer of mist too, which is caused by sun melting the frozen surface a little bit, especially when Pluto is closer to the Sun.

On the left is Pluto’s moon Charon. Charon and Pluto are tidally locked, which means that the gravitational pull between the two worlds now makes them face each other permanently. The moon is gravitationally locked with the Earth as well (we always see the same side of the Moon).

Pluto is such a distant and lonely world. It existed like this long before we were born, and will exist long after.

Fascinating stuff.


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

6 thoughts on “Life on Pluto”

  1. I’ve always been impressed with the apparent sheer size of the universe (and lets not get started on the non-apparent sheer size of it, or the volume of empty space involved).

    I just keep hoping someone gets serious about a one-way ticket to Mars or something like that. I’ll be first in line for a ticket. Ha!


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