A New Moon


A moon was discovered around the dwarf planet 2007 OR10 in these archival Hubble images. They were taken a year apart and reveal a moon orbiting the dwarf planet. Each image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope‘s Wide Field Camera 3, shows the companion in a different position around the planet. 2007 OR10 is the third-largest known dwarf planet, after Pluto and Eris, and the largest unnamed body in the solar system. It’s located in the Kuiper Belt, a realm of icy debris left over from the solar system’s formation.

Image Credits: NASA / ESA / C. Kiss (Konkoly Observatory) / J. Stansberry (STScI)

4 thoughts on “A New Moon

  1. The obervatory run by Clemson Univ, has discovered a rare gigantis double moon. Naming the larger one pleathisius, and the other ample moon latexenian, the director said the student discoverer is in therapy and the surgeons believe they can save the eye

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