We’re DYING to know, Pluto! Now it’s time to find out!
Today, we will address the absolute biggest question that American’s have been asking themselves for at least 7 decades. Now considered a mere dwarf planet, how many Pluto can we fit inside Uranus?
We asked an engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The answer is 21.40223797468354. We did this by dividing the radius of Pluto into Uranus, and the answer sounds good enough to us. We could be wrong, but hey, it’s the internet and I’m just a guy that squeaked by in geometry.
Pluto was discovered in 1930 by US astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, who was using the Lowell Observatory in Arizona. In 2000, the debate about Pluto and it’s status as a planet came under fire via Professor Mike Brown. He is known as the “man who killed Pluto” as per Neil deGrasse Tyson.
A planet is a celestial body that is in orbit around the sun, has sufficient mass for it’s self gravity so that it has a nearly round shape, and has cleared the neighborhood around it’s orbit. I guess it doesn’t have gravitational dominance and it’s bulging at the center, so it isn’t a planet, among other reasons.
What we do know is that the radius of Pluto is 1,185 kilometers or 737 miles. The radius of Uranus is 25,361.65 kilometers or 15,759 miles. If we divide the radii into each other, we are left with 21.4. Thus, we can fit roughly 21 and a half Plutos inside Uranus, which is nice. This is almost as big news as Starbucks’ new seasonal coffee cups that feature Satan himself!