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October 31, 2005 12:45 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2005-19

NASA's Hubble Reveals Possible New Moons Around Pluto

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Image: Possible New Moons Orbiting Pluto

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These Hubble Space Telescope images, taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys, reveal Pluto, its large moon Charon, and the planet's two new candidate satellites. Between May 15 and May 18, 2005, Charon, and the putative moons, provisionally designated P1 and P2, all appear to rotate counterclockwise around Pluto. P1 and P2 move less than Charon because they are farther from Pluto, and therefore would be orbiting at slower speeds. P1 and P2 are thousands of times less bright than Pluto and Charon. The enhanced-color images of Pluto (the brightest object) and Charon (to the right of Pluto) were constructed by combining short exposure images taken in filters near 475 nanometers (blue) and 555 nanometers (green-yellow). The images of the new satellites were made from longer exposures taken in a single filter centered near 606 nanometers (yellow), so no color information is available for them.

Object Name: Pluto

Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated

Credit: NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (JHU/APL), A. Stern (SwRI), and the Hubble Space Telescope Pluto Companion Search Team

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The Pluto System -- May 15, 2005 Image Type: Astronomical The Pluto System -- May 15, 2005 The Pluto System -- May 18, 2005 Image Type: Astronomical The Pluto System -- May 18, 2005

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