The dwarf planet Pluto has faced a lot of problems in recent years, and a new one has been recently discovered. The planet was removed from the official list of planets in 2006 when it was downgraded to the status of the dwarf planet, and a team of researchers has discovered an interesting phenomenon.
The team of scientists began by observing the seasonal changes which take place on the surface of the planet by using ground-based stellar occultations, a method which involves the tracking of how the presence of an astronomical object alters the light coming to Earth from a distant source.
The data collected in this manner allows the researchers to learn more about the atmosphere of the planet. It is believed that the atmosphere will freeze and collapse in the feature. The researchers created several models which depicted the atmosphere of Pluto and how it was influenced by the amount of light received from the sun.
Pluto’s atmosphere might disappear by 2030, freezing the planet
It is well-known that Pluto is the coldest dwarf planet in our solar system, but it was discovered that the temperature could drop so low that it will force nitrogen to freeze during the winter season in the northern hemisphere. In three decades, the atmospheric pressure tripled, and if the atmosphere continues to become more condensed, it will disappear completely. It is estimated that the entire atmosphere of the planet will vanish by 2030.
Pluto has a long and titled orbit which requires 248 years for a full cycle. In the last 30 years, the distance between the sun and the dwarf planet had continued to increase even when the closest point was reached. As the planet goes farther away from the sun, the latter is no longer able to warm the south pole.
At one point, the atmosphere will collapse and freeze. When this happens, the planet will become considerably brighter while the surface will be buried in ice.
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