It just does not seem to stop! Pretty soon, some outer solar system, extraterrestrial landing port might be spotted! There seems to be a lot out there that was not recognized without the use of enhanced telescopic views!
The Hubble Space Telescope is an amazing piece of equipment! It has opened the eyes of humanity to what exists within our universe to levels unparalleled. It is no surprise that this instrument is making discoveries at a constant rate, allowing us to understand that there continue to be objects within our own solar system that we would not have seen without it.
Pluto indeed is one of the most distant objects of our solar system. It’s demotion from it’s status as an official planet has not stopped this now dwarf planet from being an item of continuous intrigue. Hubble, along with astronomers working with N.A.S.A., make new discoveries of what exists within outer space, including all of what is happening within this solar system, while focusing on recognizing the truth about Pluto. These astronomers have used the spectacular space telescope to continue with studies of this dwarf planet, and they have announced another fascinating fact about it.
Out there, packing five! Take that, damn it! It seems that the distant and demoted planet, albeit no longer meeting with humanity’s specifications of what a fully-fledged planet should be, is capable of supporting five moons! Only the gas giants have more moons, and anything less than official planet does not have an excess of natural objects orbiting it. Five!
It currently has the label of S/2012 (134340) 1. The Wide Field Camera 3 of The Hubble Space Telescope captured the images of the recently identified moon. Yet, once official scientific reports and reviews are completed, this newly observed object that is orbiting Pluto may not retain it’s label of a moon. Truthfully, it likely is a captured asteroid that did not come with Pluto at the time of the world’s creation. N.A.S.A. researchers, using Hubble, have revealed it to be between six and fifteen miles across, oddly shaped, and orbiting Pluto within a 58,000 mile-wide circle.
The most popular theory to why Pluto has so many moons seems to be that the world collided with some distant object, likely from The Kuiper Belt, several billions of years in the past. The collision caused a break up of this object, allowing some of the residue to remain in orbit of Pluto. When the New Horizons space probe arrives at Pluto in 2015, it will verify all of what is happening within this distant region of our solar system.
New Horizons will shoot past Pluto at 30,000 miles per hour! Yet, while speeding by, it will be able to capture images of that planet and it’s collection of moons that are going to be more enhanced than anything we have viewed, thus far. There is some apprehension that the satellite could be damaged, or destroyed, by random space debris, as it moves so quickly through this area of the solar system. N.A.S.A. scientists are using The Hubble Space Telescope to attempt spotting any such potential hazards, so that New Horizons might be shifted to avoid any destructive collisions.
Meanwhile, recognizing that Pluto has a collection of five moons, asteroids, orbiting it, the excitement about continued studies of this world increases. One physicist, Dr. Hal Weaver of Johns Hopkins University, speculates that many more objects could be orbiting Pluto. They have not been identified, so far, as they likely are small, and it is taking time for The Hubble Space Telescope, as well as for New Horizons, to fully image all of what is within this distant region of our solar system.
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