Hubble spies fourth moon at Pluto

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    Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have identified another moon around the dwarf planet Pluto.

    It becomes the fourth object known to be circling the distant world after the long-recognised Charon and recently observed Nix and Hydra satellites.

    Scientists are temporarily calling the new moon P4 and estimate its diameter to be 13 to 34 km (of 8 to 21 miles).

    Pluto, controversially demoted from full planet status in 2006, will be the target of a big space mission in 2015.

    BBC News - Hubble spies fourth moon at Pluto
     
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    Hubble space telescope comes to end of it's mission...

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    Hubble gets new lease on life...
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    Hubble couldn't even tell us what color Pluto was, now it's discovering new moons? How come New Horizons didn't catch any of this?
     

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