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Orbit movie of Pluto and its moons, annotated

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.


Names orbit with bodies.


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


Image 2: 18 May, 2005


Orbit diagram:


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


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Taken on January 25, 2010