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Pluto's "pandemonium" moons

Filed under trans-neptunian objects, New Horizons, pretty pictures, Pluto, Charon, dwarf planets beyond Neptune, Pluto's small moons, animation

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Most inner moons in the solar system keep one face pointed toward their central planet; this animation shows that certainly isn’t the case with the small moons of Pluto, which behave like spinning tops. Pluto is shown at center with, in order from closest to farthest orbit, its moons Charon, Styx, Nix, Kerberos and Hydra.

NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI / M. Showalter

Original image data dated on or about November 9, 2015.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.


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