Two satellites of Pluto will be named according to the results of Internet voting

Discoverers of two new moons of Pluto from the US SETI Institute asked to choose names for them by open voting on the Internet, according to February 12 at the Institute site.
Voting was open online It will last until February 25. Following tradition, the participants voting offer options for titles taken from ancient mythology, and related images of the underworld Pluto (his previous moon were named Charon, Nix and Hydra). Who is in the lead in the vote and the names of the Styx Cerberus. At the end of voting, the names of the winners will be submitted for approval by the International Astronomical Union.

So far, the satellites of the planet, dwarf, opened in 2011 and 2012 by a space telescope Hubble, appear in astronomical catalogs under the symbols P4 and P5. P4 sizes do not exceed 25 kilometers, and P5 - 34 kilometers.

Pluto was discovered 18 February 1930 by the American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, and got its name on March 24 at the suggestion of a schoolgirl Venetia Burney. For a long time he was considered the ninth planet of the solar system. After the opening of the new century in several equally distant from the Sun orbits of several of the other planets of the same class of its status was revised several times.

Currently, Pluto is a dwarf planet class or Plutoid, which also includes Ceres, Haumea (having at least two moons), Makemake and Eris (exceeding the size of Pluto). In 2006, the planet was launched ship machine New Horizons. He gets to the goal by 2015. On board it is a capsule with a particle of dust Pluto discoverer Clyde Tombaugh.

SETI Institute was founded in the United States to search for allegedly observed in interstellar space activity traces of extraterrestrial civilizations.


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