Pluto Reclaims Title as Ninth Planet
News story originally written on February 11, 1999
On February 11th, Pluto
will become the
ninth planet again. Before then, Neptune
was the farthest planet from the
Sun. Scientists estimate that the two planets will cross orbits just
after 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Pluto has an unusual orbit. Its orbit takes it closer to the Sun than
Neptune for 20 years. Pluto has been the eighth planet since February
7th, 1979. Now it will be the ninth planet for 228 more years.
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