Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Pluto's 4th and 5th moons named

The IAU (the International Astronomical Union) has naming rights for astronomical objects.  Not the most cheerful of mythological options for the most recently discovered moons of Pluto - KERBEROS was a three-headed dog and STYX was a river that separated the living and the dead.  Whatever takes your fancy!  The image below was taken by the Hubble telescope and the new moons were spotted, one in July 2011 and the other in July 2012.