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Can an asteroid comet or meteor hit Pluto?

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Yes, any large object in the solar system can be hit by asteroids or comets. Pluto is located in the Kuiper Belt, a vast field of comets, so collisions with comets are probably not uncommon for the dwarf planet.

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