Pluto’s weird moons come into focus after New Horizons flyby

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Pluto’s moons are weird as hell.

Three of the dwarf planet’s five moons — named Charon, Nix, Hydra, Kerberos and Styx — are coming into better focus now that NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is beaming back more images from last week’s historic flyby, and man, do they look strange

New Horizons — which made its close flyby of Pluto on July 14 — has revealed that Nix, Pluto’s “jelly bean-shaped” moon has a red spot on it that might be a crater, but scientists won’t know the definite cause of the red coloration until the spacecraft sends more of the information it has already gathered to the ground. Read more…

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