Dwarf Planets of Our Solar System (Infographic)  by Karl Tate  In 2006 the organization responsible for classifying celestial bodies, the International Astronomical Union, decided that a new class of objects was needed. The solar system's erratic ninth planet, Pluto, was assigned to the new “dwarf planet” category along with four other bodies, all tinier than Earth’s moon. Some astronomers expect there may be as many as 50 dwarf planets in the solar system.

Dwarf Planets of Our Solar System (Infographic) by Karl Tate In 2006 the organization responsible for classifying celestial bodies, the International Astronomical Union, decided that a new class of objects was needed. The solar system's erratic ninth planet, Pluto, was assigned to the new “dwarf planet” category along with four other bodies, all tinier than Earth’s moon. Some astronomers expect there may be as many as 50 dwarf planets in the solar system.

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Solar System Information Infographic For more information about our #Solar #System, check us out: http://astronomyisawesome.com/solar-systems/what-solar-system-are-we-in/

Updated Planetary Family Portrait

We've finally added Pluto to the family portrait of the Solar System

Pluto. I'm willing to accept the terminology and no longer refer to it as a planet. But I've heard Ice Dwarf, Dwarf Planet, Kuiper Belt Object, Trans-Newtonian Object -- what is it?

Pluto. I'm willing to accept the terminology and no longer refer to it as a planet. But I've heard Ice Dwarf, Dwarf Planet, Kuiper Belt Object, Trans-Newtonian Object -- what is it?

Astrological Planets –There are eight planets in the Solar System. In order of increasing distance from the Sun, they are the four terrestrials, Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars, then the four gas giants, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, & Neptune. Pluto was discredited by some...but I'm not buying it! lol

Astrological Planets –There are eight planets in the Solar System. In order of increasing distance from the Sun, they are the four terrestrials, Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars, then the four gas giants, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, & Neptune. Pluto was discredited by some...but I'm not buying it! lol

OMG Space - Gorgeous Art Infographics of Space Objects by Margot Trudell

OMG Space - Gorgeous Art Infographics of Space Objects by Margot Trudell

Margot Trudell's infographics ”communicate to people what we’ve managed to accomplish in space exploration in simple terms”

Pluto's moons are even stranger and more intriguing than scientists imagined, a new study reveals. The Pluto system consists of four tiny satellites — Nix, Hydra, Kerberos and Styx — orbiting a

Pluto's Moons Are Even Weirder Than Thought

Pluto's moons are even stranger and more intriguing than scientists imagined, a new study reveals. The Pluto system consists of four tiny satellites — Nix, Hydra, Kerberos and Styx — orbiting a

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OMG Space - Gorgeous Art Infographics of Space Objects by Margot Trudell

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