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Numerical Simulation of Nix’s Rotation

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Posted June 4, 2015

This is a numerical simulation of the orientation of Nix as seen from the center of the Pluto system. It has been sped up so that one orbit of Nix around Pluto takes 2 seconds instead of 25 days.

The orientation of Nix is fundamentally unpredictable. Image source: YouTube video screenshot

The orientation of Nix is fundamentally unpredictable. Image source: YouTube video screenshot

Large wobbles are visible, and occasionally the pole flips over. This tumbling behavior meets the formal definition of chaos; the orientation of Nix is fundamentally unpredictable. Credit: STScI and Mark Showalter, SETI Institute

Source: NASA

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