Pluto and Its Moons: Charon, Nix, and Hydra- Unlabeled

Stsci_2009-18n_1024

stsci_2009-18n April 21st, 2009

Credit: NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (JHU/APL), A. Stern (SwRI), and the HST Pluto Companion Search Team

A pair of small moons that NASA's Hubble Space Telescope discovered orbiting Pluto now have official names: Nix and Hydra. Photographed by Hubble in 2005, Nix and Hydra are roughly 5,000 times fainter than Pluto and are about two to three times farther from Pluto than its large moon, Charon, which was discovered in 1978.

Provider: Space Telescope Science Institute

Image Source: https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2009/news-2009-18

Curator: STScI, Baltimore, MD, USA

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Image Details

Image Type
Planetary
Object Name
Pluto Charon Nix Hydra
Subject - Solar System
Interplanetary Body > Dwarf planet

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 17h 44m 19.2s
DEC = -15° 53’ 6.5”
Constellation
Serpens

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue Hubble (ACS/HCR) Optical (V) 606.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Blue
Stsci_2009-18n_1280
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ID
2009-18n
Subject Category
A.2.1  
Subject Name
Pluto, Charon, Nix, Hydra
Credits
NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (JHU/APL), A. Stern (SwRI), and the HST Pluto Companion Search Team
Release Date
2009-04-21T00:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2009/news-2009-18
Type
Planetary
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble
Instrument
ACS/HCR
Color Assignment
Blue
Band
Optical
Bandpass
V
Central Wavelength
606
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
Reference Value
266.08020833, -15.88513889
Reference Dimension
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
STScI
URL
http://hubblesite.org
Name
Space Telescope Science Institute Office of Public Outreach
Email
outreach@stsci.edu
Telephone
410-338-4444
Address
3700 San Martin Drive
City
Baltimore
State/Province
MD
Postal Code
21218
Country
USA
Rights
http://hubblesite.org/copyright/
Publisher
STScI
Publisher ID
stsci
Resource ID
STSCI-H-p0918n-f-504x504.tif
Resource URL
https://mast.stsci.edu/api/latest/Download/file?uri=mast:OPO/product/STSCI-H-p0918n-f-504x504.tif
Related Resources
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2009/18, http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2006/09
Metadata Date
2022-07-06T00:00:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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