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New Horizons Closer To Pluto
2014-01-15 10:27:33

[ Watch The Video: Countdown To Pluto ] Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is one of the fastest ever built. Launched in 2006 and traveling at one million miles per day, its destination is one of the most distant bodies in our solar system, the ex-planet Pluto. According to NASA, New Horizons reached Jupiter in February 2007 and with a close fly by it received a gravitational push to shorten its destination time by three years. Alan...

Pluto's Moon Charon Spotted By New Horizons
2013-07-12 04:08:31

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has been Pluto-bound since its launch January 19, 2006. Using its highest-resolution telescopic camera, the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), New Horizons has spotted Pluto's Texas-sized, ice covered moon Charon for the first time, representing a major milestone on the 9.5 year journey. The spacecraft's mission is to conduct initial reconnaissance of the Pluto system and the Kuiper Belt, and this...

Star Trek Fans Pick Vulcan As Name For One Of Pluto's Moons
2013-02-26 07:42:56

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Star Trek fans everywhere have a reason to rejoice today as a contest to name one of Pluto´s two previously unnamed moons ended with one Spock-tacular name reaching, for lack of a better term, warp speed. William Shatner, the man best known for his role as Captain James Tiberius Kirk on the 1960´s television sci-fi classic, which later spawned a large movie franchise and several spin-offs, proposed Vulcan as the name of...

Help Name Pluto's Moons
2013-02-11 13:00:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Ever wanted your say in the naming of a cosmic object such as a moon? Well, scientists are opening up that door by asking people to vote for the name of two of Pluto's small moons. Currently, the two moons getting a name change are "P4" and "P5." Astronomers have specified that these small moons are in need of names that coincides with Pluto's theme for names associated with the Greek god Hades, ruler of the underworld. Pluto's other...

Preparing New Horizons: Obstacle Operations Planned Ahead Of Pluto Contact
2012-10-16 16:17:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is nearly seven years into its 9.5-year journey across the solar system to explore Pluto and its moons, but that journey is still far from over. As the spacecraft travels through space, its team has become aware of the possibility that dangerous debris may be orbiting in the Pluto system. "We've found more and more moons orbiting near Pluto -- the count is now up to five," Dr. Alan Stern,...

Gemini Observatory Takes Sharpest Ground-Based Images Ever Of Pluto And Charon
2012-09-27 06:55:03

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Pluto, the dwarf planet (ex-number-nine), and its larger companion Charon, recently posed for astronomers. Using the high-resolution Gemini North 8-meter telescope along with reconstructive speckle imaging, astronomers were able to capture the twin extrasolar planetary system, providing the sharpest ground-based images of the deep-space dwellers. The images prove that ground-based speckle imaging is a powerful tool for exoplanet...

2012-09-18 02:25:20

NEW YORK, Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pluto Technologies Inc., a New York-based startup founded by Saagar Govil, has announced the BETA version release of Pluto, a new mobile app for iOS. Pluto is the first city discovery tool designed to benefit both consumer and merchant. By introducing users to businesses with products, services, and events that are relevant to their unique specific interests, Pluto brings qualified consumers to businesses that use Pluto's service. With mobile...

Pluto Demoted From Planetary Status Five Years Ago Today
2012-08-24 12:54:31

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On August 24, 2006, the solar system´s most distant family member -- tiny, isolated icy planet Pluto -- received some shocking news: it would no longer be considered a true planet. The ruling spurred a hotbed of controversy, with many experts disagreeing with Pluto´s new status as a “dwarf planet.” Despite the controversy and oppositions from scientists and laypeople alike, the ruling went through, reducing...

PlutoP5
2012-07-12 12:53:11

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists announced on Wednesday they have discovered the smallest moon yet, orbiting around the dwarf planet Pluto. The discovery was made by a team of scientists who used the Hubble Space Telescope to scout out Pluto's neighborhood ahead of a NASA spacecraft that is scheduled to arrive in 2015. The new moon, known as P5 currently, appeared as a small fleck in the Hubble images, and scientists believe it is about 6 to 15 miles...

Fifth Moon Orbiting Pluto Discovered By Hubble
2012-07-11 20:53:03

A team of astronomers using NASA´s Hubble Space Telescope is reporting the discovery of another moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. The moon is estimated to be irregular in shape and 6 to 15 miles across. It is in a 58,000-mile-diameter circular orbit around Pluto that is assumed to be co-planar with the other satellites in the system. “The moons form a series of neatly nested orbits, a bit like Russian dolls,” said team lead Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute...


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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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