Seascape

Life in Miramar Beach and the surrounding planets
 
HomeFAQSearchMemberlistUsergroupsRegisterLog in

Share | 
 

 Hubble Discovers Another Moon Around Pluto

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
AuthorMessage
justdhf
Admin
avatar

Posts : 1826
Join date : 2008-10-30
Age : 66
Location : Florida

PostSubject: Hubble Discovers Another Moon Around Pluto   Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:46 pm

NASA's Hubble Discovers Another Moon Around Pluto

Hubble Space Telescope's keen vision has found yet another moon orbiting the distant, icy dwarf planet Pluto. This discovery expands the size of Pluto's known satellite system to four moons. The tiny, new satellite — temporarily designated P4 — was uncovered in a Hubble survey searching for rings around the frigid dwarf planet.

The new moon is the smallest moon yet discovered around Pluto. It has an estimated diameter of 8 to 21 miles (13 to 34 km). By comparison, Charon, Pluto's largest moon, is 746 miles (1,200 km) across, and the other moons, Nix and Hydra are in the range of 20 to 70 miles in diameter (32 to 113 km).

"I find it remarkable that Hubble's cameras enabled us to see such a tiny object so clearly from a distance of more than 3 billion miles (5 billion km)," said Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., who led this observing program with Hubble.


The full news release story Here

Back to top Go down
View user profile http://domania.us/justdhf/index.html
 
Hubble Discovers Another Moon Around Pluto
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» planting by moon phase?
» Planting by the Moon
» Moon & Stars Watermelon
» Full Moon is May 17th - What are we planting then?
» Gardening by the light of the moon

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Seascape :: General :: General-
Jump to: