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nasa flying to edge of our system

miklamar

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Report this Aug. 16 2012, 7:20 am


Var Miklama--Zakdorn, engineer. "A sound mind in a FULL body!" "Time, like latinum, is a limited quantity in the galaxy."

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Report this Aug. 17 2012, 7:48 am

A massive dwarf planet, 136199 Eris—with its own moon, Dysnomia!—are the two most-distant known objects orbiting our sun.  At about 1,445 miles (2,326 kilometers) in diameter, Eris is more than one-fourth larger than Pluto, once thought to be the outermost planet. Eris and Dysnomia are in the Kuiper Belt and are 3 times further away than Pluto.


Doesn’t that seem strange—small planets, with their own moons, so far away?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eris_(dwarf_planet)


Var Miklama--Zakdorn, engineer. "A sound mind in a FULL body!" "Time, like latinum, is a limited quantity in the galaxy."

K_tigress

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Report this Aug. 21 2012, 8:53 pm

Thanks for sharing. Love this stuff.

As for those teeny planetoids having their own moon, might have something to do with how far away from the influence of the large planets they are which gives them the ability to have a little moon of their very own.  *To cuddle, hug and cradle and call them George.* LOL


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MoppyCGDaniels

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Report this Sep. 01 2012, 10:19 pm

Way to far away as I may add Pluto was supposed to not be any longer the 9th planet in our starsystem especial with it's moons.


 


Also looks the Juno mission quite promissing with its set duration:


http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2012-272

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