Monday, April 27, 2015

astro pciture for the day/ best image of Pluto/Charon so far! And some good comet images!

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Comet surface at 1.7 meter/pixel resolution (Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0)

(Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NavCam – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0)

Back to Pluto Charon system!

Nasa/New Horizons spacecraft image credit

Some remarkable things that should prove very interesting as the resolution gets better is that Pluto can have nitrogen ice.  Uranus and Neptune have methane ices which makes them different.

 Some Pluto researchers are already excited about the possibility of a Pluto ice-cap.

Pluto can have some exotic ices, as above; but, Pluto's remarkably large moon, Charon, seems to be more regular water ice!

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