It seems like the little planet we all know as Pluto is one of the most fascinating in the Universe and the more we find out about it, the more interesting it becomes. Experts and those with a passion for space know that this little planet has one of the coldest weathers in existence. However, until now, nobody knew the source of its cold atmosphere. Well, it seems like its atmosphere contains hydrocarbon particles which are at fault for the extremely low temperatures there.
With this discovery, the dwarf planet becomes even more unique. Mainly because it is the only known planet with temperatures influenced by haze particles than by gas molecules. According to Xi Zhang, of the University of California, this is something completely new that they haven’t seen before. The scientists managed to predict the temperatures on Pluto by using a model. Those would be of about -173 degrees Celsius (-280 Fahrenheit).
Hydrocarbon particles influence the cold weather on Pluto
The scientists managed to predict the temperatures on Pluto by using a model. They said that those would be of about -173 degrees Celsius (-280 Fahrenheit). However, when the New Horizons spacecraft measured the real temperatures during its Pluto flyby back in 2015, they were even smaller. About 53 degrees Fahrenheit and 30 degrees Celsius lower.
NASA’s spacecraft also discovered the haze particles floating in Pluto’s atmosphere, which experts had no idea about. According to the team members, chemical reactions are at fault for their creation. Saturn’s large moon Titan also experiences the same phenomenon.
So, according to the team of experts who made this discovery, this haze is helping to keep the planet cold. They managed to find out that even if its atmosphere is made out of gas, the gas molecules don’t control the weather. The haze particles do that. Still, scientists have more work to do because as it seems, Pluto is still full of surprises.
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