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Pluto may have 10 more undiscovered moons, study suggests
03-14-2013, 09:50 PM #1
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From article:

Quote:A flotilla of 10 or more tiny undiscovered moons might lurk in Pluto's orbit, complicating a spacecraft's planned flyby of the distant dwarf planet in 2015, new simulations suggest.

This preliminary finding could make life even more difficult for the team planning NASA's New Horizons mission, which is slated to take the first-ever up-close look at the Pluto system in July 2015. After Pluto's fifth known moon, a small satellite known as P5, was discovered last year, officials said they may need to redraw the spacecraft's path to avoid such obstacles.

"It has our attention," New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern told SPACE.com via email, referring to the new research. He added he hasn't thoroughly analyzed the work yet.

'Pluto is so bright, I don’t think a ground-based telescope would have a chance [of seeing them all].'

- Scott Kenyon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics


The study was submitted to The Astronomical Journal and is currently available on the prepublishing site Arxiv.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/03/1...z2NXdZqAxZ

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03-14-2013, 10:00 PM #2
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Alright everybody get on the kritter space bus and we'll go check it out. hyper.gif
03-14-2013, 11:17 PM #3
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(03-14-2013, 10:00 PM)Octo Wrote:  Alright everybody get on the kritter space bus and we'll go check it out. hyper.gif


If only we could.

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03-15-2013, 04:05 PM #4
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Since Pluto is a dwarf planet those would be dwarf moons.

What is the distinction between a moon and a large rock??? Some of those moons are probably DA-24 size...



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