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Strange Universe: We meet Pluto 7/31/22

Pluto stood at opposition last week, meaning it’s now at its brightest of the year. But that's not good enough. It's so dim, even large backyard telescopes show it as a faint speck lost among the zillions of other dots in Sagittarius. At magnitude 14.3, Pluto is 600 times fainter than the dimmest naked-eye stars.

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