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- Moon Name: Nix
- Designation: Pluto II
- Date Discovered: June 15th, 2005
- Discovered by: Pluto Companion Search Team
- Average Orbit of Pluto: 30,257 mi
- Longest Axis: 30.9 mi
- Shortest Axis: 19.3 mi
12 Nix Facts for Kids
- Nix is one of Pluto’s five known moons (natural satellites).
- Nix is named after the Greek goddess Nyx, who was the goddess of night.
- Nix is also designated as Pluto II.
- Nix was discovered on June 15th, 2005 by the Pluto Companion Search Team.
- Nix was discovered using images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
- Nix was discovered on the same day Hydra, another moon orbiting Pluto.
- Nix completes an orbit around Pluto every 24.85 days.
- It’s estimated that Nix completes a full rotation every 43.9 hours.
- Nix is the third farthest moon from the dwarf planet Pluto.
- Nix is the third largest moon orbiting Pluto.
- Nix is estimated to be around 5,000 times fainter than Pluto.
- The NASA space probe New Horizons visited the Pluto system in 2015 and took images of Nix.
Additional Resources on Pluto’s moon Nix
- Learn About Nix – Read more about Pluto’s moon Nix on the NASA Solar System Exploration website.
- Nix Data and Stats – Find the latest data and statistics of the moon Nix on the NASA’s blog.
- The Moons of Neptune – Discover more moons of the dwarf planet Pluto on the Britannica website.
- Nix (Moon) – Wikipedia – Learn more about Nix, one of Pluto’s moons, on the Wikipedia website.