what effect this loss of mass wull have on pluto?

The nuclear reactions in the core of the sun continually convert matter into energy? Predict what effect this loss of mass will eventually have on pluto and why?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Keep in mind that only a tiny fraction of the mass is lost when hydrogen is converted to helium. The products weigh almost as much as the reactants. Additionally, for small stars, the solar wind does not carry away much mass.

    Over the course of its life, the Sun will lose about 0.01% of its mass. This will not have an appreciable effect on Pluto.

    Larger stars lose a greater fraction of their mass during their lifespans. Some of the largest stars will lose upwards of 50% of their mass.

  • 1 decade ago

    Actually the loss of mass is minute compared to the total mass of the Sun. The effects on Pluto would be virtually unnoticeable throughout the life cycle of the Sun.

  • 1 decade ago

    I predict Pluto will eventually meet the criteria (nothing in its way as it orbits) and become a "Planet" again...this is because as the Sun loses mass it loses gravity, but Pluto will not lose inertia, causing it's path to go wider (and eventually circularize, more or less) so it will over eons of time no longer come inside Neptune's orbit.

    Whaddya think?

    Source(s): Me, and what I know about orbital mechanics
  • 1 decade ago

    Probably none until the Sun starts going belly up

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  • 1 decade ago

    The sun will eventually die and all the planets in the solar system will be dead matter.

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