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At a meeting of the International Astronomical Union (IAE) in Prague in 2006, Pluto was determined not


be a planet, but rather the largest member of the Kuiper belt of icy objects. Let's examine the relationship between the distance from the sun for the 9 sun-orbiting objects (including Pluto) and their length of years (earth years) for one complete orbit around the sun. T

Distance is the distance from the sun is in millions of miles and

length is the length of a year in earth years.) Use these data to answer the following questions:

planet position distance length

Mercury 1 36 0.24

Venus 2 67 0.61

Earth 3 93 1

Mars 4 142 1.88

Jupiter 5 484 11.86

Saturn 6 887 29.46

Uranus 7 1784 84.07

Neptune 8 2796 164.82

Pluto 9 3707 247.68

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