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What is the weight of Pluto?

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Pluto does not have a weight, because weight is a force exerted by one gravitational body on another gravitational body. The dwarf planet Pluto has a mass of 1.31 x 10^22 kilograms, and it's weight would depend on the acceleration at the surface of another planet.

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Pluto is less massive than the Earth by a factor of 456. It is so small, in fact, that astronomers reclassified it as a dwarf planet in 2008, because it does not exert enough gravitational force to evacuate small objects from it's orbit. A 100 pound human would weight just 6 pounds on Pluto.

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    How far is Pluto from Earth?

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    Pluto is about 2.6 billion miles from Earth, according to About.com. That distance is approximately 30 times greater than the distance between the Earth and the sun.

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    What is Pluto named after?

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    The planet Pluto is named after Pluto, the god of the underworld in Greek and Roman mythology. The name was suggested by a young girl, Venetia Burney Phair, in 1930 when she heard the news that a new planet had been discovered in the solar system.

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    What is the weather like on Pluto?

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    Does Pluto have craters?

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