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Pluto Reclaims Title as Ninth Planet
News story originally written on February 11, 1999

On February 11th, Pluto will pass beyond Neptune to become the most distant planet in the solar system. Scientists estimate that the two planets will cross orbits at approximately 5:08 p.m. EST.

Pluto's unusual orbit takes it closer to the Sun than Neptune for 20 years out of its 248-year orbit. Pluto became the eighth planet on February 7th, 1979.

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