Because of the vast territory that Russia occupies on the global map, we can compare it to Pluto. According to some older statistics, Russia appears to be larger than Pluto, the dwarf planet. But Pluto, on the other hand, turned out to be larger in terms of surface area than Russia.
According to NASA’s new estimates, Pluto’s surface area is 17,646,012 km2 (6,813,163 sq mi). As a result, Pluto’s surface area is slightly larger than Russia’s surface area of 17,098,246 km2 (6,601,670 sq mi). However, Russia fits the surface area of Pluto, emphasizing the fact that Russia is the massive giant on the planet Earth.
Pluto surface area (2023)
17,646,012 km2 (6,813,163 sq mi)
Russia surface area (2023)
17,098,246 km2 (6,601,670 sq mi)
Top 5 Countries by Surface Area
1. Russia — 17,098,246 km²
2. Canada — 9,984,670 km²
3. United States — 9,833,517 km²
4. China — 9,596,960 km²
5. Brazil — 8,515,770 km²
is Pluto bigger than the Moon?
Pluto is smaller than the moon of Earth. The Moon’s diameter is 3,474 km, while Pluto’s diameter is just 2,376.7 km. To give you a sense of scale, that’s around 70% of the Moon’s diameter.
Why is Pluto no longer considered a planet?
Pluto does not meet the International Astronomical Union’s (IAU) third criterion for planet definition: a planet has used its mass to sweep up trash in its neighborhood. As a result, Pluto is classified as a dwarf planet. Because of its strange orbit, which crosses Neptune’s, it can’t be said to have cleared its neighborhood.