Pluto's moons named
Friday, June 23, 2006
The two recently discovered moons of the planetwere officially named and by the , the internationally recognized authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies.
The moons were discovered in May last year by the Pluto Companion Search Team, a team of scientists from the Hubble space telescope. The moons were designated as S/2005 P1 (Hydra) and P2 (Nix) upon discovery.(SwRI), the 's Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), the and , using images taken from the
Their discovery comes 27 years after the discovery of Pluto's largest moon. The two moons are roughly 5000 times fainter than Pluto and two to three times farther from Pluto, compared to Charon. The two bodies are roughly 50 km in diameter.
The names are derived from Greek mythology, where
- "Pluto's two small moons christened Nyx and Hydra" — , June 22, 2006
- Alicia Chang. "Pluto's Newly Found Moons Named Nyx, Hydra" — , June 22, 2006
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