Names for moons

According to ScienceNOW (via the Bad Astronomer), the second and third moons of Pluto are about to be officially assigned names by the International Astronomical Union. So far they have been known as S/2005 P1 and S/2005 P2, but will now go by the names Nix (a mis-spelling of Nyx) and Hydra. The announcement is earlier than I expected as I thought it might occur at the IAU General Assembly in August.

Pluto and candidate moons
An image of Pluto, Charon and the candidate moons created by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2005 CREDIT: NASA/ESA/H. Weaver/A. Stern

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Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Thursday 22nd Jun 2006 (12:39 CEST) | Permalink
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