Pluto Might Be A ‘Giant Comet’ – New Study

Few years back, Astronomers changed Pluto category from planet to dwarf planet, but it is possible that it’s not any kind of planet at all.

A study was published in the journal “Icarus”, depicting that scientists have found fascinating similarities between Pluto and the 67P comet studied by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft in 2004.

In a press release, Christopher Glein of Southwest Research Institute told, “We found an intriguing consistency between the estimated amount of nitrogen inside [a glacier on Pluto] and the amount that would be expected if Pluto was formed by the agglomeration of roughly a billion comets or other Kuiper Belt objects similar in chemical composition to 67P, the comet explored by Rosetta”.

Comet 67P
Comet 67P

Based on its chemical makeup, Pluto could simply be a “giant comet”, or as Glein said, the result of a billion comets coming together.

In 2006, NASA launched the New Horizons spacecraft at Pluto, which sits 4.67 billion miles from Earth. The probe finally got close enough to the icy dwarf planet in Juky, 2005.

The SRI study combines data from NASA’s New Horizons mission and data gathered by the ESA’s Rosetta mission.