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billdeg
July 26th, 2013, 05:44 AM
http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRey9sfakBsL18UiwSnhBZeiVAbPb8b5 MEpxl_bkDJz8DH9exvH

barythrin
July 26th, 2013, 08:49 AM
um...yyyyep. We can revisit this thread in July 2015. The New Horizons mission is scheduled to visit Charon and Pluto in July 2015. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charon_%28moon%29)

billdeg
July 26th, 2013, 09:05 AM
I check the news each day to see if they have any more discoveries within the space between the Oort and Kuiper belts. I like to imagine a brown dwarf star or large gas giant is way out there, perhaps left over from before our sun was formed, the former companion to the star that went supernova and whose debris became our sun. There it slides through space quietly radiating in the infra-red spectrum and causing gravitational disturbances. Someday we'll explore our extended solar system with nuclear ships. I wish I was exploring out there sometimes.

So far they have discovered more than 10 moons around Pluto. Crazy. It's because of the lack of "gravitational competition"

http://www.lunarplanner.com/asteroids.html

Mr.Amiga500
July 26th, 2013, 09:36 AM
um...yyyyep. We can revisit this thread in July 2015. The New Horizons mission is scheduled to visit Charon and Pluto in July 2015. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charon_%28moon%29)

I've been waiting for a Pluto mission ever since I first found out that Voyager 2 wasn't going there. (at least 3 decades)

I've visited many times though in simulation, using Celestia. I even have the New Horizons model.

Stone
July 26th, 2013, 09:37 AM
So far they have discovered more than 10 moons around Pluto. Crazy.You mean that little nothing of a non-planet? :-)

billdeg
July 26th, 2013, 09:47 AM
Look at all this new stuff out there. I have been naming my servers these objects' names for 10 years now. Mail server called Sedna.degnanco.net for example (no longer in production).
http://www.lunarplanner.com/asteroids.html