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Xena Has A Moon!
imran
post Oct 2 2005, 01:28 AM
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Scientists Discover 10th Planet's Moon

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The newly discovered moon is about 155 miles wide and 60 times fainter than Xena, the farthest-known object in the solar system.
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David
post Oct 2 2005, 03:59 AM
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QUOTE (imran @ Oct 2 2005, 01:28 AM)


Here's the link for the announcement on Michael Brown's web page.
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post Oct 2 2005, 05:01 AM
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Two notes from this discovery:

1. The discovery of this moon allows us to estimate the mass/density of the moon and see how it compares with Pluto and other objects in the Kuiper belt.

2. As the article mentions, now 3 of the 4 largest objects in the Kuiper belt (2003 UB313, Pluto, and 2003 EL61) all have moons. Moon formation seems to be a common process in the Kuiper belt.
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post Oct 2 2005, 04:44 PM
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I don't know if the term to "ToSeek" is familiar to the members of this board, but this is a good example of ToSeeking.

This subject is already discussed in another thread. smile.gif


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post Oct 2 2005, 04:49 PM
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QUOTE (Jyril @ Oct 2 2005, 04:44 PM)
I don't know if the term to "ToSeek" is familiar to the members of this board, but this is a good example of ToSeeking.

This subject is already discussed in another thread. smile.gif
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Hmmm the title is almost exactly the same as well. huh.gif
Well can't blame me for "ToSeeking" since I posted this about 1/2 hour earlier. smile.gif
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post Oct 2 2005, 05:42 PM
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Sorry, I confused the last edit time with the creation time. laugh.gif


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post Oct 2 2005, 06:32 PM
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I hope it won't seem snarky to remark that this subject seems to be misplaced in both of its threads; as the relevant observations are via ground-based telescope, it is neither appropriate to "Space Based Observing" or "Cometary and Asteroid Missions" and is strictly outside the realm of "spaceflight" altogether. blink.gif
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