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Orbit movie of Pluto and its moons

Animation illustrating orbits of Pluto, Charon, Nix, and Hydra about the system's barycenter. Derived from two Hubble Space Telescope images and a diagram of the orbits.

 

Reprojected plane of orbits to face-on view, determined angles swept in the three days separating original images, made new frames based on date/angle. Each time step represents one Earth day.

 

Image 1: 15 May, 2005 hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2005/19/image/b/

 

Image 2: 18 May, 2005 hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2005/19/image/c/

 

Orbit diagram: hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2005/19/image/h/

 

Video created by R. Kline, Cornell University Department of Astronomy

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Taken on January 8, 2010