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The dwarf planet Eris orbits the sun every 557 years. How does its average distance compare to...

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The dwarf planet Eris orbits the sun every 557 years. How does its average distance compare to that of Pluto?

Average distance:

The average distance of any object which orbits any other is proportional to the orbital period having power {eq}\left( {\frac{2}{3}} \right) {/eq}. The average distance is well explained in Kepler's third law. The average distance is generally measured in astronomical unit (AU).

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Given data


  • The orbital period is: {eq}P = 557\;{\rm{yr}} {/eq}


The average distance of dwarf planet Eris is,

{eq}a =...

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