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Pluto System Small Moons: NH Post-Encounter Phase, 1 Aug 2015- TBD
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post Aug 1 2015, 06:07 PM
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This topic is for discussion of data on Nix, Hydra, Styx, and Kerberos (as well as any other small bodies that may be discovered) received after 1 Aug 2015.


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post Sep 11 2015, 05:45 PM
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First proper image of Nix! It's quite bright.

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post Sep 11 2015, 05:59 PM
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Yes - new pix of Nix!

This is a composite of the four frames with a big contrast stretch.

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post Sep 11 2015, 06:12 PM
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Colorized version using MVIC data:



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post Sep 11 2015, 06:51 PM
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So, the NH follow-on target, 2014 MU69, is likely no larger than this? But the range here is 200,000km and may be as low as 12,500km there...
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post Sep 11 2015, 06:58 PM
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Reminds me of Prometheus.

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post Sep 11 2015, 09:23 PM
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Crescent Nix (3 enlarged):
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post Sep 11 2015, 10:31 PM
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Is this the best image we will get of Nix? The Wikipedia page for Nix says the best image will show features down to 330 m/pixel, is this that image?
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post Sep 12 2015, 01:39 AM
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No it isn't.
There will be better images from the observation "N LEISA LORRI BEST" at resolution ~330 m/pix.


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post Sep 18 2015, 09:54 PM
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QUOTE (machi @ Sep 11 2015, 01:12 PM) *
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I'm reminded that the much larger Haumea seems to have a red spot on a white surface.
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post Oct 5 2015, 11:32 PM
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About Nix and Hydra :
https://blogs.nasa.gov/pluto/2015/10/05/plu...-nix-and-hydra/
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post Oct 9 2015, 09:03 PM
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Styx images have come down today!
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post Oct 9 2015, 09:04 PM
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Best image of Styx (probably).
I'm not entirely sure if it's really Styx, but manually and even automatically it was identified positively in the 5 of 6 raw jpeg images of Styx.
So this is result of 5 stacked images. Resolution was 3.14 km/pix (before enlarging) and visible disc has dimensions ~2013 km.
It's enlarged 10.
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post Oct 10 2015, 09:22 AM
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Now I know it's really Styx but stacking leads to somewhat bigger size than it's actual size.
My new measurements are (148)+/-2 km.
This is still 2 more than is value on the NASA's page.
I'm not sure where this discrepancy originated.



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post Oct 19 2015, 01:52 PM
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The first images of Kerberos are coming down this week according to @NewHorizons2015! I'm intrigued as to why this moon appears to be so much darker than the rest of the Pluto system bodies.
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