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Patroclus-Menoetius
2014-11-14 03:05:39

When the double asteroid Patroclus-Menoetius passed directly in front of a star on the night of Oct. 20, a team of volunteer astronomers across the U.S. was waiting.

Kuiper Belt object
2014-10-16 05:54:06

Three new Kuiper Belt objects that could possibly be visited by the New Horizons spacecraft have been uncovered by the Hubble Space Telescope.

pluto debate
2014-09-25 05:51:31

Pluto may no longer be a planet in the eyes of the International Astronomical Union, but as a recent debate hosted by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics revealed, not everyone agrees with the official assessment that led to its 2006 demotion.

NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Less Than A Year From Pluto Flyby
2014-07-15 09:44:15

NASA says the spacecraft New Horizons is only one year away from Pluto, slated to make an historic flyby on July 14, 2015 and give Earthlings never before seen images of the distant world.

NASA New Horizon Probe To Get Help From Hubble Space Telescope
2014-07-03 14:09:36

In 2006, NASA launched its New Horizons probe to explore the outer reaches of our Solar System and beyond. Fast forward eight years and the craft is now going to be getting a little direction with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Using A Telescope To Dig For Ice On Pluto
2014-06-26 03:59:09

In just over a year, the New Horizons spacecraft will fly past Pluto, giving us our first detailed look at the dwarf planet.

NASA's New Horizons To Use Hubble In Search Of Deep Space Object
2014-06-16 14:18:13

While its early days were marred by launch delays and the embarrassment of a major flaw in its crucial mirror, since correction the Hubble Space Telescope telescope has been able to present amazing images of the observable universe and facilitate space based research by showing things to us we never knew existed.

2014-06-16 12:21:06

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After careful consideration and analysis, the Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee has recommended using Hubble to search for

pluto and moons
2014-06-14 03:49:09

If there are cracks on the ice-covered surface of Charon, an upcoming analysis of those fractures could help determine whether or not the interior of Pluto’s moon was warm enough to have been home to a subterranean ocean of liquid water.


Latest Charon Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Planet Charon -- Charon is the only known satellite of Pluto. Charon was discovered by astronomer James Christy in 1978 using photographic plates which showed a bulge moving around Pluto. Christy named it after the Greek mythological figure Charon but pronounced it differently. The "ch" at the beginning of the moon's name is soft so it sounds like "Sharon," after the astronomer's wife Charlene, nicknamed Char, which both have soft ch sounds. The mythological figure's name is...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Planet Pluto -- Pluto is the ninth and smallest planet of our solar system. It was discovered by the astronomer Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona on February 18, 1930 (although the body was first photographed on March 19, 1915). Tombaugh was searching for a "Planet X" to explain the orbit of Neptune; further analysis, with seven decades more data about Neptune's position, has resolved the perceived anomaly without need for an additional gravitational pull on Neptune....

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tourtiere
  • a meat pie that is usually eaten at Christmas in Quebec
The word 'tourtiere' comes from the French tourte, or passenger pigeon.
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