new moon orbits Pluto

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Re: new moon orbits Pluto

Post #41by kristoffer » 27.03.2013, 23:56

There is a possibility that there might be tons of objects orbiting Pluto. And this challenges the mission of the spacecraft New Horizons.
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.
This preliminary finding could make life even more difficult for the team planning NASA's New Horizons mission, which is slated to take the first-ever up-close look at the Pluto system in July 2015. After Pluto's fifth known moon, a small satellite known as P5, was discovered last year, officials said they may need to redraw the spacecraft's path to avoid such obstacles. ... izons.html
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Re: new moon orbits Pluto

Post #42by ParticleGrasp » 05.07.2013, 19:42

New names for P4 and P5:

"...The IAU is pleased to announce that today it has officially recognised the names Kerberos and Styx for the fourth and fifth moons of Pluto respectively (formerly known as P4 and P5)..."
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Re: new moon orbits Pluto

Post #43by symaski62 » 15.08.2013, 15:36

Ephemeris Type [change] : ELEMENTS
Target Body [change] : Styx (2012P1) [905]
Center [change] : Pluto System Barycenter [500@9]
Time Span [change] : Start=2013-08-15, Stop=2013-09-14, Step=1 d
Table Settings [change] : output units=KM-D
Display/Output [change] : default (formatted HTML)

Epoch 2456519.500000000 = # A.D. 2013-Aug-15 00:00:00.0000 (CT)
SemiMajorAxis 42000 to 43600 # Semi-major Axis (km)
Period 20 to 21 # Period in earth days

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