This Is What Pluto Would Look Like If Someone Dropped It on Australia

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 - 2:34PM
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Wednesday, 22 July 2015 - 2:34PM
This Is What Pluto Would Look Like If Someone Dropped It on Australia
Pluto has always been the underdog, from the time that it was our smallest and furthest-away planet, and even more so when it was kicked out of the cool kids' table and became a "dwarf planet." Now, after New Horizons's historic flyby, there is renewed interest in that dwarf planet, but that doesn't change the fact that it's really, adorably tiny. A new rendering from David Murray, via Nathan Lee, shows Pluto in relation to Australia:



Pluto was most recently measured by New Horizons at 2370 km, which is less than 70% the size of our moon. It's only about 18% the diameter of Earth, with only .2% of the mass. And it could fit very snugly inside the world's smallest continent, apparently.

Via io9.
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