How many moons does Pluto have?

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Pluto has five known moons:
  1. Charon, the largest one, Charon was discovered in 1978.
  2. Hydra, very small
  3. Nix, very small, and two more-newly discovered small moons. and Nix/Hydra were identified in 2005.
  4. Kerberos (provisionally named P4 or S/2011-134340)
  5. Styx (S/2012-134340). On July 11, 2012, it was announced that a team of astronomers, using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, discovered a fifth moon orbiting Pluto. The moon is provisionally designated as S/2012 (134340) 1. The moon was discovered by astronomers using nine sets of images taken by the Wide Field Camera 3 fitted to the Hubble Telescope between June 26, 2012 and July 9, 2012. It is estimated to be an irregular shape and 6 to 15 miles across.

The largest moon, Charon, is proportionally larger compared to its primary than any other satellite of a known planet or dwarf planet in the solar system. In fact there is some discussion as to whether we should consider this a "binary system" instead of a dwarf planet with moons because Charon is so massive that the barycenter (center of gravity around which the bodies rotate) of the Pluto-Charon group is not inside either of those bodies.
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Is Pluto a moon?

no it's a dwarf planet I would think that it is a dwarf planet, but its moon, Sharon, is nearly as big as it, so some MAY argue that Sharon is a dwarf planet and Pluto is the moon, but considering Pluto is slightly bigger than Sharon, I would think that Sharon would orbit Pluto rather than Pluto o (MORE)

Does Pluto have a moon?

Pluto has five known moons. Those moons are Charon, Nix, Hydra,Kerberos, and Styx. Charon is the most notable, as it is almosthalf the diameter of Pluto.

How many moons are larger than Pluto?

Pluto's equatorial diameter is 2,274 km. The diameter of Earth'smoon is 3,476 km. Jupiter has four moons larger than Pluto:- . Ganymede - diameter 5,262 km . Callisto - diameter 4,800 km . Io - diameter 3,630 km . Europa - diameter 3,138 km Saturn has one moon larger than Pluto - . Titan - dia (MORE)

Why does Pluto have moons?

Charon (the largest of Pluto's three known moons) is sufficiently large in comparison to Pluto, that the centre of mass is outside the body of Pluto. This leads some astronomers to refer to Pluto and Charon as a "double planet". Pluto's other two moons, Hydra and Nix, are small enough to be held by (MORE)

Is Pluto one of Jupiter's moons?

No! It used to be a planet and know it is a dwarf planet. It is at the edge of the solar system, and is pretty (as in really) far away from Jupiter. It is small enough to be one of Jupiter's moons Hi, just wanted to add something- why would you even think Pluto was one of Jupiter's moons?! They (MORE)

How often can you see the moons of Pluto?

Pluto can be seen with an amateur telescope but it is not easy and you will require a great deal of supporting information on how to locate it.. Something like the Hubble Space Telescope would be required to see Pluto's moons, and then, not in any great detail.

What are Plutos moons?

Pluto has three known natural satellites: Charon, first identified in 1978 and two smaller moons, Nix and Hydra, both discovered in 2005.

Can you see the moons from Pluto?

On Pluto, the large moon Charon, just 17,000 km overhead, wouldappear nearly twice the size of our moon on Earth. However, Plutoand Charon are "tidally locked" so that each keeps the same facetowad the other as they co-rotate. So Charon is only visible fromone side of Pluto, and only that same side (MORE)

Name Plutos moons?

Pluto actually has 3 moons named Charon, Nix, and Hydra. Nix and Hydra were found on June 14, 2006. Charon was found on June 22, 1978.

What is Pluto the gods moon in mythology?

In Roman mythology, Pluto (Greek: Hades) is the god of the underworld. The planet received this name (after many other suggestions) perhaps because it's so far from the Sun that it is in perpetual darkness

Does the moons from Pluto has rings?

This is impossible to tell from this distance but probably not. A space craft is due to fly past Pluto in 2015 if Pluto's moon has rings then we will be able to see them.

What is the name of the Pluto important moon?

Pluto has three known moons. The largest, Charon would be the most important, it is proportionally larger, compared to its primary, than any other satellite of a known planet or dwarf planet in the solar system. The other two moons, Nix and Hydra, are much smaller

Does Pluto have a moon half its size?

Yes, if you mean half its diameter as opposed to half its mass. Pluto's diameter is approximately 2732 km. As of 2015 it's known tohave five moons: . Charon: diameter 1208 km; mass about 1/8 that of Pluto . Nix, Kerberos, Hydra, and Styx: all very small and irregularlyshaped; sizes not yet prec (MORE)

How many moons are near Pluto?

Pluto have four moons, but only three are named. 1: Charon 2: Nix 3: Hydra 4: Unnamed. Astronomers found this new moon orbiting Pluto in 2007.

Was Pluto a moon of a planet?

No. Scientists once thought Pluto was a former moon of Neptune butlater realized that the configuration of its orbit did not fit thisscenario. This hypothesis was popular before Pluto was found to bepart of the Kuiper belt.

Is the moon or Pluto bigger?

The diameter of the moon is about 56% longer than the diameter of Pluto. Using: Moon . . . 3,476 km Pluto. . . . 2,230 km

How big is fix Pluto moon?

Pluto is 1441 miles in diameter, Charon is 750 miles in diameter, Nix is estimated to be about 100 miles in diameter, and Hydra is about 120 miles in diameter. We should have more definite numbers after the 2015 New Horizon mission.

What are the moon names of planet Pluto?

Pluto currently has four confirmed natural satellites (moons). Charon is by far the largest, then there are two smaller moons called Hydra and Nix, while a fourth has also been more recently discovered in 2011. This one has no official name yet but is identified as S/2011 P 1 (or P4).

Does Pluto has any rings or moons?

Pluto is known to have three or four moons, but it is too small tohold on to a ring system. We think. We'll know more when the NewHorizons probe passes by Pluto one year from now.

Is Pluto moons bigger than Pluto?

Pluto has five satellites(moon) which are Charon, Styx, Nix, Kerberos and Hydra out of which Charon is the Biggest. However, It is approximately half of pluto. If the Charon was bigger than pluto, We would probably be seeing pluto rotating around Charon. This is because,Charon would have more gravit (MORE)

Why does Pluto have more moons than the moon?

No moon in the solar system has a moon orbiting it. Scientiststhink that moons orbit too close to their planets to have their ownmoons as the orbits would be unstable. Why Pluto has five moonswhile Earth only has one is a complicated story about the uniquehistories of each planet, but is probably at (MORE)

Is Pluto a former moon of Neptune?

No, Pluto was never one of Neptune's moons. It was once believedthat Pluto might once have been a moon of Neptune, but computermodels have since shown this to be impossible given the orbit thatPluto has now.

Pluto is a moon of what?

Pluto is not a moon of anything; it is a dwarf planet. Scientistsused to think that Pluto may have once been a moon of Neptune, butlater studies showed that it could not be so due to the nature ofPluto's orbit.

Does Pluto have the biggest moon?

No. Pluto's main moon, Charon at about half of Pluto's diameter, isthe largest moon in proportion to the object it orbits .Several moons in the solar system, including our own, are actuallylarger than Pluto. The solar system's largest moon is Ganymede,which orbits Jupiter.