Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Contest to Name Pluto's Newly-Found Moons

Pluto and its five moons
This image from the Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 shows "P4" and "P5," Pluto's fourth and fifth known satellites.
M. Showalter & others / NASA / STScI
Two of Pluto's moons have no names, but that's about to change. Planetary astronomer Mark Showalter announces a contest where you can help name the newest discoveries.

In 2011 and 2012, Hubble observations revealed two new moons orbiting Pluto, bringing the total number in Pluto's surprisingly complex system up to five. Scientists have been referring to the moons as P4 and P5, but they need proper names and that's where you come in. Mark Showalter of the P4/P5 discovery team announces a contest where, starting today, you can help decide what we'll call Pluto's newest moons.

More - Link >>> http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/Naming-Plutos-Moons-190616021.html

Source: Sky and Telescope Magazine.

Related Blog Post --

Captain Kirk: Name Pluto Moons 'Vulcan' & 'Romulus' (2013 Feb. 14):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/02/captain-kirk-name-pluto-moons-vulcan.html


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