LOS ANGELES (AP) — There’s something lurking around distant and icy dwarf planet Pluto: a fifth moon.
A team of scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope said Wednesday they have discovered the tiniest moon yet around Pluto. That brings the number of known moons to five.READ MORE: Southland Scholars, Pastors And Activists React To Juneteeth, Nation's First New Federal Holiday Since Martin Luther King Junior Day
The mini-moon is estimated to be 6 to 15 miles across, smaller than the one that scientists spotted last year, which is 8 to 21 miles wide. Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, is about 650 miles across.READ MORE: 1 Killed, 1 Injured In Santa Clarita Crash
Until the newly found moon gets a name, it will be known as P5.MORE NEWS: Evacuation Orders For 349-Acre King Fire In Lancaster Lifted, No Injuries Reported
A NASA spacecraft named New Horizons is speeding toward Pluto where it will arrive in 2015. When New Horizons launched in 2006, Pluto was a full-fledged planet, but astronomers have since demoted it to dwarf planet.