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Pluto's Fake Moon

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Slow-moving rocks better odds that life crashed to Earth from space

Astronomers think a small body in the Kuiper Belt might be temporarily spiraling around Pluto — well, that's what it would look like if you were standing on Pluto, anyway.

Pluto’s groupies rival Lady Gaga’s. From diehard planet-status supporters to its five moons, the Kuiper Belt body has an entourage any pop star would be proud of.

Astronomers at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid have now added to that list: they think the dwarf planet has a “quasi-satellite,” a body currently corkscrewing around Pluto (at least from Pluto's perspective) that looks like a temporary, distant moon.

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