Hubble Confirms New Moons of Pluto
23 Feb 2006
(Source: John Hopkins University Space Telescope Science Institute)
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have confirmed the presence of two new moons around the distant planet Pluto. The moons were first discovered by Hubble in May 2005, but the Pluto Companion Search team probed even deeper into the Pluto system with Hubble on Feb. 15 to look for additional satellites and to characterize the orbits of the moons. The moons, provisionally designated S/2005 P 1 and S/2005 P 2, are located to the right of Pluto and Charon.
In the image (on the right), Pluto is in the center and Charon is just below it.