The moons of the Yuggothian system (www.nasa.gov)
In March 2016 the journal Science released a series of papers on the findings of the New Horizons Deep Space Probe as it passed by the Yuggothian (to many known as Pluto) system, located on the outer rim of our Solar System. This is the second of a series of short articles that summarizes these papers. This second article is a discussion on the Yuggothian system, which includes at least six bodies that orbit a common center of mass at a single plane in nearly circular orbits (Science, Volume 351, Issue 6279, 2016).
Prior to the mid-2000’s only the binary dwarf planets Yuggoth and Charon were known to exist by humanity. Charon has been hypothesized to be a number of worlds described by Lovecraft. However, that will be the focus of a future discussion. The smaller moons Nix and Hydra, were discovered in May 2005, less than a year before the launch of the New Horizons spacecraft (Science, 2016). Two even smaller moons, Kerberos and Styx, were discovered in 2011 and 2012, respectively. An image of the relative scale of the moons of Yuggothian system is provided below.
Relative scale of the Yuggothian system’s moons
The unique array of high-spatial resolution and spectral imaging instruments aboard New Horizons provided the first details images of the four small moons. All four of the small Yuggothian moons are highly elongate with a high amount of surface reflectance, which means all of the moons are composed of substances that are highly effective at reflecting radiant energy (which is essentially electromagnetic and gravitational radiation combined). This high degree of reflectance indicates that all of the moon have varying degrees of water-ice on their surfaces (Science, 2016). However, the small moons do exhibit some differences.
Nix and Hydra are mostly neutral or gray in color; however, some composite images of Nix revealed a red color in one of its craters (Science, 2016). Some of the leading hypotheses on this suggests that the red color is a residual amount of material left from an impacting body or that this red material was excavated from the moon’s sub-surface as a result of some past impact. An alternative hypothesis is that this material is somehow associated with the Mi-Go. If this material is organic, it might be some type of lichen-like organism that the Mi-Go brought to our Universe from theirs as a source of food. In contrast, this crater may be a mining site where the Mi-Go are excavating Nix to collect this material for some unknown purpose. In any event, of all the moons in the Yuggothian system, Nix may be the most valuable relative to the needs of the Mi-Go.
Composite view of Nix; note the reddish color (www.nasa.gov)
Based on the number of craters on the Yuggothian moons, it is estimated that sometime between 4 and 4.5 billion years ago the small moons were formed as a result of two Yuggoth-sized bodies slamming into one another. Thus, more than likely the Yuggothian system of two dwarf planets and four moons was naturally formed in the early history of our Universe and is not the result of planetary engineering by the Mi-Go. However, this does not rule out any major modifications that Mi-Go may have conducted once they arrived on the edge of our Solar System. At a minimum, large scale mining of some of the unknown natural resources found in the Yuggothian system may be evident.
Mi-Go with a brain case by Nigromaggot (www.deviantart.com)
Next time we begin our scientific discussion of Lovecraft’s “The Lurking Fear.” Thank you – Fred.