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Pluto is about1500 miles in diameter and takes 248 years to circle the Sun. Its day is about one Earth week long. Charon revolves around Pluto in a little over 6 days.
    (SFEC, 5/30/99, p.11)
If the Sun were a pumpkin one foot in diameter, Pluto would be smaller than a strawberry seed nearly a mile away.
    (SFEC, 4/30/00, Par p.9)

1916        Percival Lowell, American astronomer, died. He believed that an unknown planet was affecting the orbit of Neptune, which was discovered in 1930. The first two letters of Pluto commemorate his name.
    (Disc. Ch., 7/23/95)(SFEC, 5/30/99, Par p.13)

1930        Feb 18, Planet X (Pluto), the ninth planet of our solar system, was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh (1907-1997) at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz. It is 2.76 billion miles (5,888 million km.) from the sun at the closest point of its orbit. Pluto was later designated a "dwarf planet."
    (SFEC, 1/19/97, p.B6)(SFC, 10/23/99, p.B7)(AP, 2/18/07)

1930        Mar 13, The Lowell Observatory in Arizona announced Clyde Tombaughs Feb 18 discovery of a new planet, later named Pluto.
    (HN, 3/13/98)(NH, 6/03, p.20)

1930        May 1, Pluto was first publicly announced as the name of a newly discovered planet.   Venetia Phair (11) had suggested the name to her grandfather, librarian Falconer Madan, who relayed the suggestion to his friend Herbert Hall Turner, professor of astronomy at Oxford. Madan rewarded Phair (1919-2009) with a five-pound note. The same purchasing power in 2009 would be about 230 pounds, or $350.
    (AP, 5/7/09)

1978        Jun 22, James Christy, while working at the United States Naval Observatory, discovered that Pluto had a moon, which he named Charon.
    (SFEC, 5/30/99, Par p.10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_W._Christy)

1979        Jan 21, Neptune became the outermost planet as Pluto moved closer due to their highly elliptical orbits.

1996        Mar 7, The Hubble Space Telescope photographed the 1st surface photos of Pluto.

1996        The Pluto-Kuiper Express, a mission to send a probe to Pluto, was approved.
    (SFC, 9/22/00, p.A6)

2000        Sep, The Pluto-Kuiper Express mission, scheduled to explore Pluto and its moon Charon in 2012, was delayed due to costs. A cheaper design was discussed for a 2020 exploration date.
    (SFC, 9/22/00, p.A6)

2005        Oct 31, It was reported that Pluto has three moons, not one, according to new images from the Hubble Space Telescope suggest. The two new moons were named Nix and Hydra. Pluto, discovered as the ninth planet in 1930, was thought to be alone until its moon Charon was spotted in 1978. Two more moons were discovered in 2011 and 2012.
    (AP, 11/1/05)(Econ, 7/11/15, p.70)

2006        Jan 17, NASA postponed a planned mission to Pluto. Scientists won't be able to receive data on Pluto until at least July 2015, the earliest date the mission is expected to arrive.
    (AP, 1/17/06)

2006        Jan 19, NASA launched its New Horizons spacecraft on a mission to Pluto following a 2-day delay. Scientists won't be able to receive data on Pluto until at least July 2015, the earliest date the mission is expected to arrive. The spacecraft carried ashes of Clyde Tombaugh (1906-1997), the man who discovered Pluto.
    (SFC, 1/20/06, p.A5)(SFC, 7/13/15, p.A7)

2006        Jun 21, It was reported that the pair of moons orbiting Pluto were officially christened Nix and Hydra last week by the International Astronomical Union, which is in charge of approving celestial names.
    (AP, 6/22/06)

2006        Aug 24, Leading astronomers meeting in Prague declared that Pluto is no longer a planet under historic new guidelines that downsize the solar system from nine planets to eight.
    (AP, 8/24/06)

2011        Jul 20, NASA said that the Hubble Space Telescope has found a 4th moon circling Pluto. It was later named Kerberos.
    (SFC, 7/21/11, p.A6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moons_of_Pluto)

2012        Jul 11, US astronomer Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute said he has detected a 5th moon around Pluto. Showalter used the Hubble Space Telescope and said the new moon, named P-5, is about 6-15 miles across. The moon was later named Styx.
    (SFC, 7/12/12, p.C4)(Econ, 7/11/15, p.70)

2013        Jul 2, The Intl. Astronomical Union announced the names of Kerberos and Styx for two moons of Pluto.
    (SFC, 7/3/13, p.D1)

2015        Jul 14, The New Horizons spacecraft flew to just 7,800 miles from Pluto to take the first high-resolution images of the dwarf planet.
    (SFC, 7/15/15, p.A6)

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