Moon orbiting the dwarf planet 2007 OR10

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Scientists have discovered a new moon orbiting the dwarf planet 2007 OR10 in the Kuiper Belt using three space observatories, including the Hubble Space Telescope. Most of the dwarf planets are larger than 965 kilometers in the Kuiper belt.

Kepler showed that the orbit of 2007 OR10 was 45 hours which was slower than most other rotations in the Kuiper belt, which were less than 24 hours. Scientists believed that this slow movement was caused due to a gravitational tug of a moon.

The astronomers spotted the moon in two separate Hubble observations spaced a year apart. The moon is between 240 to 400 kilometers in diameter, where as the dwarf planet is about 1,528 kilometers in diameter.

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As the technology is becoming more efficient and enhanced, our chances of observing even the smallest space objects are improving. May be someday we will observe an alien or a perfect exoplanet.

New Horizons spacecraft reaches half the distance to its target

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No, no, it is just a science mission to collect information and explore faraway stars.

NASA’s New Horizon’s spacecraft has reached half the distance between Pluto and its next target – 2014 MU69, a Kuiper Belt object (KBO). The probe is believed to pass by MU69 on January 1, 2019.

The spacecraft is currently 5.7 billion kms away from earth and 0.78245 billion kms from Pluto. Hence, a radio signal sent from Earth to the spacecraft, at the speed of light, will take 5 hours and 20 minutes. (Sunlight takes 8 minutes to reach from the Sun to the Earth).

New Horizons has traveled near Pluto and has relayed data back to earth for 16 months after that, and lately has made breakthrough, distant observations of a dozen Kuiper Belt Objects (KBO).

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New Horizons, our hope to see and understand the Solar System and beyond.