In a new study, scientists have found that there are similarities between Pluto and a 67P comet which was studied by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) by Rosetta spacecraft in 2004. Astronomers have already changed the status of planet Pluto to dwarf planet.
In the year 2006, we have learned that Pluto was not the planet and it has been lying the humankind for more than 70 years. Scientists have decided to reopen the old wound and started to debate about this again. In a new study, it claims that the Pluto cannot be taken as a planet anymore or dwarf planet rather it is just a piece of a comet.
According to the Christopher Glein of Southwest Research Institute’s said, “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.”
NASA has launched the New Horizon Spacecraft in the year 2006 whose aim is to go to Pluto. Pluto is about 4.67 billion miles from Earth and at the July 2015. The spacecraft has crossed the planet, and it is very close to the icy dwarf planet. The data which is collected by the researchers will be helping them to analyse the planet in a more specific manner.
Pluto and Comet 67P were made of up the same stuff, and due to this, it suggests that it has come from the comets since a long time ago. The researchers have observed the heart-shaped glacier on the surface of the Pluto whose name is Sputnik Planum and it is compared with the nitrogen levels which are inside the ice to nitrogen level inside the 67P.