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How is a Dwarf Planet similar to and different from a Planet?

  1. celeb_prankster profile image57
    celeb_pranksterposted 6 years ago

    How is a Dwarf Planet similar to and different from a Planet?

  2. Credence2 profile image80
    Credence2posted 6 years ago

    I know that there must be some physical characteristics requirement(most probably having something to do with mass of the body) that allow one to make the distinction. I heard that the Planet Pluto was demoted by scientist from wearing the mantle of Planet. But Mercury, the next smallest is sitll considered a planet, so if mass is the determinant what is it that Mercury has and Pluto lacks? This is just an intelligent guess, I am sure that your answer is in Wikipedia.

  3. EQTactics profile image60
    EQTacticsposted 6 years ago

    A Dwarf Planet is a body, like a planet. However, anything significantly smaller than Mercury is a dwarf planet. Some moons are larger than Mercury.

  4. topquark profile image78
    topquarkposted 6 years ago

    In addition to the 8 planets - Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune - the solar system also contains several dwarf planets. Find out where they are and why they are so special. read more