Pluto moons: contest seeks names

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iol scitech feb 12 Pluto Contest AP FILE - This file image provided by Nasa from it's Hubble Space Telescope shows Pluto and three of it's five moons.

Cape Canaveral - Want to name Pluto's two tiniest moons? Then you'll need to dig deep into mythology.

Astronomers announced a contest on Monday to name the two itty-bitty moons of Pluto discovered over the past two years.

Three Pluto moons already have names associated with Hades and the underworld. They are Charon, the ferryman of Hades; Nix for the night goddess; and the multi-headed monster Hydra.

The two unnamed moons need similar underworldly references. Right now, they go by the bland titles of P4 and P5. They're no more than 20 miles (32 kilometres) across.

Online voting will last two weeks. Twelve choices are available at the website “plutorocks.” Choices include the hero who slew Hydra, Hercules; and Styx, the river to the underworld. Write-in suggestions are welcomed. - Sapa-AP

Online: http://www.plutorocks.com/

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