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Pluto
2015-05-26 09:05:59

This summer, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will complete a flyby of Pluto, studying among other things the surface composition, geology, morphology, atmosphere and surface temperature of the dwarf planet and its moons. The goal is to understand how the system formed.

Charon pronunciation
2015-05-01 15:13:46

It's confusing, we know. But we have the answer. At least by astronomer standards.

Pluto LORRI
2015-04-30 08:00:34

New images captured by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft have revealed a bright feature near the visible pole of the dwarf planet Pluto – a feature that could be a polar cap made out of frozen molecular nitrogen ice, officials from the US space agency announced on Wednesday.

2015-04-29 16:21:42

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time, images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are revealing bright and dark regions on the surface of faraway Pluto - the

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2015-04-27 10:33:16

If this image gives you the heebie jeebies, you might not want to wait around for New Horizons to get a good look at the spider-like patterns on Pluto.

2015-04-07 23:09:37

Hades Awaits, a mystical Western, is looking for producers to help fund their movie.

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2015-02-27 11:51:15

The founder of PopCap games has decided to try his hand at the virtual reality craze by introducing a more social VR.

2015-02-04 16:21:07

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's New Horizons spacecraft returned its first new images of Pluto on Wednesday, as the probe closes in on the dwarf planet.

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.

2014-10-14 12:21:38

DUBAI, UAE, October 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists, writers and philosophers have long been fascinated by the prospect of life on the Red Planet.


Latest Pluto Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Planet -- A planet is a body of considerable mass that orbits a star and that doesn't produce energy through nuclear fusion. Until recently, only nine were known (all of them in our own Solar system). As of the end of 2002 over 100 are known, with all of the new discoveries being extrasolar planets. Astronomers often call asteroids minor planets, and call the larger planetary bodies (those which are commonly called planets) major planets. Planets within the solar system can be...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Asteroid -- An asteroid, also called a minor planet or planetoid, is a member of a group of small, planet-like bodies that are part of our solar system. They are believed to be remnants of the interstellar clouds, nebula, that were not incorporated into planets during the formation of the solar system. The largest asteroid in the inner solar system is Ceres with a diameter of 1003 km. It also was the first to be discovered, by Giuseppe Piazzi on January 1, 1801. Nowadays, over 9000...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Quaoar -- Quaoar ("kwah-oh-ahr", /kwA o Ar/) is a Trans-Neptunian object circling the Sun in the Kuiper belt, discovered in 2002 by astronomers Chad Trujillo and Mike Brown at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. Quaoar is estimated to have a diameter of about 1,280 kilometres, which would make it the largest Solar System object discovered since Pluto and, indeed, the largest known minor planet. Larger than all the asteroids put together, it is about one...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Kuiper Belt -- The Kuiper belt is an area of the solar system extending outwards from the orbit of Neptune (at 30 AU) to 50 AU. The largest of the objects in the Kuiper belt are the planet Pluto and its moon Charon. A new Kuiper belt object, currently called 2001 KX76, has been found that is about the size of Charon, and larger than Ceres. Another such object, Quaoar, discovered in 2002, is half the size of Pluto. Other known Kuiper belt objects are progressively smaller. The exact...

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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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Word of the Day
begunk
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.