Thursday, June 22, 2006

Meet Nix and Hydra

Newly Discovered Moons of Pluto Named

The International Astronomical Union named the two newly discovered moons of Pluto - Nix and Hydra. The moons, spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope and discovered by astronomers led by Alan Stern in 2005, are named after Greek myth characters. Nix is the goddess of darkness and Hydra is the many-headed monster in the underworld.

Now, if only the IAU can make up its mind on whether Pluto is a planet...

Photo credit: NASA

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