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Meet Mysterious Kerberos

23 Oct 2015, 02:55 UTC
Meet Mysterious Kerberos
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Pluto’s Tiny Moon Ready for a Close-up
This image of Kerberos was created by combining four individual Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) pictures taken on July 14, approximately seven hours before New Horizons’ closest approach to Pluto, at a range of 245,600 miles (396,100 km) from Kerberos. Courtesy NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
It may not look like much, but this is the long-awaited view of Pluto’s tiny moon Kerberos. This little place is about 12 kilometers across, and has what looks like a double-lobed shape — as if two tiny chunks of “stuff” had slammed together to make a bigger one. The bigger of the two lobes is about kilometers across and the smaller is about 3 kilometers and the images and data taken with New Horizons show that Kerberos is highly reflective and coated with what appears to be water ice.
Pluto has five moons — Charon, Styx, Nyx, Hydra and Kerberos. All of them were imaged by the spacecraft, which is still streaming data to Earth (and will be for the next year or so).
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Since I haven’t written about Pluto and New Horizons for a while, let’s take ...

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