Pluto’s New Moon

Pluto may have been demoted from planet-status, but it ranks fifth in the solar system with a respectable four moons. The latest was found with the Hubble Space Telescope this summer. This image (credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Showalter (SETI institute)) combines frames taken five days apart, and includes a swath of sky intentionally dimmed so Pluto and it’s big companion don’t hide the little ones in glare:

Little P4 will need a name soon, likely something Roman/Greek associated with the mythical underworld. Maybe Cerberus, the three-headed guard dog.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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