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Kuiper Belt Targets For New Horizons Mission

Kuiper Belt Targets For New Horizons Mission

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Three new Kuiper Belt objects (KPOs) that could possibly be visited by the New Horizons spacecraft have been uncovered by the Hubble Space Telescope. The KBO visit could happen after the...

Latest Pluto Stories

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. Vision explores what steps the UAE is taking to be first to put a foot on Mars. Vision.ae [http://www.vision.ae ] (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141014/710072 ) On a clear evening in Arizona in 1894, American astronomer Percival Lowell looked into his telescope. For the past few weeks, he'd been...

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

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Pluto may no longer be a planet in the eyes of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), but as a recent debate hosted by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) revealed, not everyone agrees with the official assessment that led to its 2006 demotion. “What is a planet? For generations of kids the answer was easy. A big ball of rock or gas that orbited our Sun, and there were nine of them in our solar system,” the...

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

[ Watch the Video: ScienceCasts: One Year To Pluto ] Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA says its New Horizons spacecraft is only one year away from Pluto, slated to make an historic flyby on July 14, 2015 and give the Earthlings never before seen images of the distant world. “Because Pluto has never been visited up-close by a spacecraft from Earth, everything we see will be a first. I know this will be an astonishing experience full of history making...

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

Royal Astronomical Society In just over a year, the New Horizons spacecraft will fly past Pluto, giving us our first detailed look at the dwarf planet. Anticipating this encounter, St Andrews undergraduate student Ailsa Whitelaw and her supervisor Dr Jane Greaves have used forgotten data to map the sub-surface of Pluto, peering beneath its icy coating to uncover hidden chemicals that give a hint of the future of this distant world. Dr Greaves will present the new work in her talk on...

2014-03-31 12:26:18

The New Platform Offers The Best Video Content Hand Curated Across Nearly 100 Channels Ranging From Music to Sports to Comedy and Of Course... Cats LOS ANGELES, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pluto.TV, officially launched today bringing to audiences a powerful new way to experience online videos. The free entertainment platform features the best online content with hand curated shows on channels tailored to your specific interests. With an easy to navigate guide, Pluto.TV invites you to sit...

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...

Pluto Small Moons Named Kerberos And Styx
2013-07-02 11:35:30

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Previously known simply as P4 and P5, the two smallest moons of the dwarf planet Pluto have officially been given new names. Discovered in 2011 and 2012 respectively, these two tiny bodies were found only after deep exposures using the Hubble Space Telescope. In order to choose new names for the icy bodies, an Internet poll was conducted in February of 2012. More than 500,000 votes were cast, half of which originated outside 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...


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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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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