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16

Jun

Did Pluto’s largest moon once have a subsurface ocean?The ‘fascinating’ moon Charon likely doesn’t have an ocean any longer, but once upon a time, it may have been warm enough to support one.

Did Pluto’s largest moon once have a subsurface ocean?
The ‘fascinating’ moon Charon likely doesn’t have an ocean any longer, but once upon a time, it may have been warm enough to support one.

12

Jul

NASA snaps photo of Pluto’s moon CharonThe photos may hold new clues into the surface properties of Charon and Pluto, including the potential for a layer of fine particles blanketing their surfaces.

NASA snaps photo of Pluto’s moon Charon
The photos may hold new clues into the surface properties of Charon and Pluto, including the potential for a layer of fine particles blanketing their surfaces.

03

Jul

Pluto moons get new namesNearly 500,000 votes were cast in a contest to determine the names for the newly discovered moons.

Pluto moons get new names
Nearly 500,000 votes were cast in a contest to determine the names for the newly discovered moons.

13

Feb


 Vote to name two of Pluto’s moons  



It may not be a planet any longer, but it still had moons, and those moons need names!
It may not be a planet any longer, but it still had moons, and those moons need names!

17

Oct

Pluto’s moons pose risk for NASA’s New Horizons craftNew Horizons is currently about 1,000 days away from Pluto, but NASA engineers are working to figure out the best way to see the planet.

Pluto’s moons pose risk for NASA’s New Horizons craft
New Horizons is currently about 1,000 days away from Pluto, but NASA engineers are working to figure out the best way to see the planet.

28

Oct

With planet Eris, looks like Pluto has a twinEris was originally thought to be larger than Pluto, and was the primary cause for Pluto’s demotion from full planet status.

With planet Eris, looks like Pluto has a twin
Eris was originally thought to be larger than Pluto, and was the primary cause for Pluto’s demotion from full planet status.

24

Sep

8 intriguing images of Pluto and beyond

12

Sep

Pluto is the unloved outsider in our family of planets. Once firmly established as the ninth planet orbiting the sun, it was downgraded in 2006 and reclaimed as a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union. Regardless of its status, Pluto and its mysterious neighbors potentially hold some of the most exciting astronomical discoveries of the next century.8 intriguing images of Pluto and beyond

Pluto is the unloved outsider in our family of planets. Once firmly established as the ninth planet orbiting the sun, it was downgraded in 2006 and reclaimed as a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union. Regardless of its status, Pluto and its mysterious neighbors potentially hold some of the most exciting astronomical discoveries of the next century.
8 intriguing images of Pluto and beyond

24

Aug

Pluto holds big surprises for NASA probeWith  NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft now speeding toward it, our  understanding  of the dwarf planet should transform even further.

Pluto holds big surprises for NASA probe
With NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft now speeding toward it, our understanding of the dwarf planet should transform even further.

22

Nov

Should Pluto be a planet after all?

Recaluating the sizes of Pluto’s neighbors could bring its planet status back.