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Old 07-13-2012, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Astronomers Spot Moon No. 5 Circling Un-Planet Pluto
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Provisionally named "S/2012 (134340) 1," the new moon was detected in nine separate sets of images taken by Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 in late June and early July.



The newly discovered moon is estimated to be tiny and irregularly shaped, measuring just six to 15 miles across and following a 58,000-mile-diameter circular orbit around Pluto.

Pluto's largest moon, Charon, was discovered in 1978. Hubble found two more small moons -- Nix and Hydra -- in 2006, followed by the discovery of one more, P4, last year.

Source: Technology News: Space: Astronomers Spot Moon No. 5 Circling Un-Planet Pluto
The better we are able to see, the more cluttered the universe appears to be.
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:19 PM
 
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Yeap i can't wait till 2015 .
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Old 07-14-2012, 01:20 PM
 
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Yeap i can't wait till 2015 .
Yes, New Horizons will send back some fascinating data regarding the mysterious Pluto system.
Looking forward to it!
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