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Pluto has Another Moon

Using the Hubble Space Telescope astronomers have discovered that Pluto has another moon. There is a fourth moon orbiting Pluto. Temporarily designated P4, it is a tiny satellite being around 13-34km in diameter. By comparison, Pluto’s largest moon Charon is 1,043 km across. The new moon is located between the orbits of Nix and Hydra, which Hubble discovered in 2005. Charon was discovered in 1978 at the U.S. Naval Observatory.

P4 was first seen in a photo taken with the Hubble Telescope on June 28, and confirmed in subsequent Hubble pictures taken on July 3 and July 18. It has an orbit of 31 days – our own moon has an orbit of 29 days.

NASA’s New Horizons mission is scheduled to fly through the Pluto system in 2015.

The discovery chart has the Sun at 7°Cancer. The Sabian Symbol for this degree speaks of imagination and the play of invisible and mysterious forces – so appropriate for a body under Pluto’s influence.

Reference – http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/20jul_p4/

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