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Message 1342256 - Posted: 2 Mar 2013, 0:59:42 UTC

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Message 1342453 - Posted: 2 Mar 2013, 19:44:03 UTC

It will have to be formally agreed by the scientific community, but an interesting development.

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Message 1346761 - Posted: 15 Mar 2013, 5:10:44 UTC - in response to Message 1342453.

A flotilla of 10 or more tiny undiscovered moons might lurk in Pluto's orbit, complicating a spacecraft's planned flyby of the distant dwarf planet in 2015, new simulations suggest.


NASA: Pluto may have 10 undiscovered moons


Pluto may have some more neighbors, according to astronomers.

The mini-planet may have upwards of ten additional moons, all of which are currently undiscovered, say astronomers. The finding comes as a result of simulations run by NASA, part of an attempt to safely guide its spacecraft’s flyby of the distant dwarf planet in 2015.

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Message 1346934 - Posted: 15 Mar 2013, 18:00:04 UTC

Where do you draw the line between moons and orbiting asteroids? I don't think anything 1/2 mile in diameter could sensibly be called a moon.

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Message 1347118 - Posted: 15 Mar 2013, 23:52:22 UTC - in response to Message 1346934.

Where do you draw the line between moons and orbiting asteroids? I don't think anything 1/2 mile in diameter could sensibly be called a moon.



I agree, anything 1/2 mile in diameter could sensibly be called a moon.

The Kuiper belt might extend closer to the Sun, with hundreds of bodies like Pluto/Charon. As it stands, the latter are just the lucky ones which by their very existence imply just how effective has cleared its orbital neighborhood.

New Horizons spacecraft, still has to go thru the kuiper belt.

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Message 1347123 - Posted: 15 Mar 2013, 23:56:54 UTC - in response to Message 1342256.

http://www.wmur.com/news/entertainment/Live-long-and-prosper-Vulcan-wins-Pluto-vote/-/9857564/19144036/-/1yxpvgz/-/index.html

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It's still a dwarf. :P

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Message 1349249 - Posted: 21 Mar 2013, 22:10:03 UTC - in response to Message 1347123.

Pluto's still a planet in this cruncher's book. :D
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Message 1349304 - Posted: 22 Mar 2013, 2:38:55 UTC - in response to Message 1346934.

Where do you draw the line between moons and orbiting asteroids? I don't think anything 1/2 mile in diameter could sensibly be called a moon.


Mar's two "moons" are small and at least one of them looks like it must be a captured asteroid. In my 63 years I have never heard any scientist refer to either as anything but a moon. As far as Pluto is concerned I have no problem with it's current designation as a dwarf planet.
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Message 1351901 - Posted: 29 Mar 2013, 19:03:07 UTC - in response to Message 1349304.

Well it's got a moon for cryin' out loud, heh. Oh well. It's still there, whatever it's designation is, dwarf or otherwise.
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Message 1351972 - Posted: 29 Mar 2013, 22:16:13 UTC

pluto has at least 5 moons

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Message 1352008 - Posted: 30 Mar 2013, 1:33:53 UTC - in response to Message 1346761.

A flotilla of 10 or more tiny undiscovered moons might lurk in Pluto's orbit, complicating a spacecraft's planned flyby of the distant dwarf planet in 2015, new simulations suggest.

NASA: Pluto may have 10 undiscovered moons ...

Here is the NASA article which is not behind a paywall.

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