There is a lot more to be explored in the solar system other then Pluto. It includes things such as dwarf planets, a mysterious planet-like object and even Venus. Spacecrafts send into orbit by humans have found just more then Pluto. They’ve yet to explore nine other planets circling around the sun.
Alan Stern who happens to be the principal investigator of the mission called New Horizons has named it “the last picture show.”
Rebecca Ghent is a planetary scientist at the University of Toronto and at the U.S.-based Planetary Science Institute as well she works towards solar system exploration, according to her “There’s a lot left to explore”.
The 5 of these things include:
1. Eris, The Most Gigantic One After The Eight Planets
“Eris is without doubt the more massive of the two,” says Brett Gladman, who is a astronomer at the University of British Columbia and has studied objects in the Kuiper Belt. Its proven that it’s about 25 per cent more massive, probably because it’s heavier and mountainous as compared to Pluto.
2. The Colder Chunks
Dwarfs planet aren’t much of an interest when there are other objects in the region which seem to be more interesting due to their cold temperatures. If New Horizons is able to avail funding, they’ll be able to schedule a visit in 2018. “Pluto can be seen as the last planet (or ex-planet), but really it’s pretty much the first of a whole swarm of bizarre objects,” says Phil Stooke, associate professor of planetary geology at Western University. “The surprises about Pluto are showing us just how bizarre these things are.”
3. Inexplicable Sedna
There is more to the solar system then just Kuiper Belt. There exists a planet with reddish soil and it never gets to close to the sun, namely Sedna. “Sedna is suspected of being captured by the Sun from a cloud of objects orbiting a different star as they came close together long ago,” Stooke says.
4. Asteroids And Comets
Asteroids happen to be very diverse, they come in different colors. Its wide rang of colors affects its orbiting style and also helps predict what its made of. The largest one yet is Ceres, between the belt of Mars and Jupiter.
Although Venus is the closest to Earth, we still dont have enough detailed images of it as compared to Pluto. The ones that do exist are very few photographs which were taken by the Soviet Venera landers between 1975 and 1982. According to Ghent exploring the solar system is more than just capturing pictures of it. “We have initial pictures of every [large] body,” she said, “but we haven’t really touched the tip of the iceberg in terms of explorations.”