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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


Image: The Pluto system on June 14, 2002

The Pluto system on June 14, 2002

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A careful search of Hubble images taken with the ACS/HRC on June 14th, 2002, reveals two objects that are consistent with the expected locations of the newly-discovered satellites. One image (top) was taken in yellow light (555 nm) and the other (bottom) was taken in blue light (475 nm). The ellipse shows the orbital path of the new satellites derived from the May 2005 Hubble observations. The satellites should lie somewhere along this ellipse and, indeed, there are two objects along the predicted path, thus confirming the 2005 observations.

Object Name: Pluto

Image Type: Astronomical/Illustration

Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Buie (Lowell Observatory)


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