Seeing a Dwarf Planet Clearly: Pluto
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In this dwarf planet worksheet, students use images from the Hubble Space Telescope and they determine the scale of the image, they identify the largest features in the images, they calculate the volume of Pluto and they create a model of Pluto.
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