Pluto and its Moons

New Portrait Made of Pluto and its Moons

New images of Pluto and its moons are among the sharpest ever made.



The new images are 20 times brighter than those taken of Pluto 30 years ago when its large moon Charon was discovered. The resulting snapshots are expected to bring astronomers closer to estimating the sizes of Pluto's satellites, Nix, Hydra and Charon. 

 

The more definitive measurements are important for scientists planning the 2015 flyby of Pluto with NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. 

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