Space probe New Horizons maximum
closer to Pluto in July 2015, but the photos telescope LORRI, which is equipped with a station started doing in January. From 27 January to 8 February station
made from a distance of more than 186 million kilometers a series of photographs , which can be seen Nix and Hydra - the dwarf planet satellites.
Pluto discovered astronomer Clyde Tombaugh in 1930. It is located in the Kuiper belt
, along with two other dwarf planets Haumea and Makemake.
Pluto has five satellites: Charon, Hydra, nobody, Kerber and Styx. Nix and Hydra opened in June 2005 with the help of Hubble
. The satellites are in circular orbit in the same plane as Charon. Hydra is the diameter from 52 to 160 km, no one - from 32 to 145 km. Their circulation period is 38 and 25 days, respectively.
New Horizons has made a series of photographs in the period from 27 January to 8 February with the camera LORRI
from a distance of 201 million to 186 million kilometers. Satellite Hydra pictured obznachen yellow, and no one - not orange. Each of the frames is composed of five ten-second images taken with a long exposure. Photo on the right have been processed - removed from the glare of Pluto and Charon, and of the stars in the background.