Using the Hubble Telescope, astronomers have discovered a fifth moon orbiting Pluto. This comes as a “surprise” because scientists did not expect such a complex system surrounding such a small body, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.
“The five moons orbiting Pluto ‘form a series of neatly nested orbits, a bit like Russian dolls,’ said astronomer Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., who led the team that discovered P5. The moons are thought to be relics of a collision between Pluto and some other large object in the Kuiper belt billions of years ago.”
Pluto lovers, at least according to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, have no reason to celebrate. It’s still not a planet.