Tuesday, June 23, 2015

astro picture for the day/ The Year of Pluto documentary

ESA/Hubble & NASA
Acknowledgement: Matej Novak

The latest image as of posting this,

NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI / Björn Jónsson

Björn Jónsson says about this image: "The dark feature very near or at Pluto's pole continues to be visible and I continue to suspect it to be a small, dark polar cap. The bright terrain continues to look mottled (which it didn't a few days ago in lower-res images) and these features are probably at least partially real. The dark spot near the right limb at ~(203,354) is definitely a real feature and the brighter spot next to it is probably real as well. Charon is now showing lots of interesting details. In particular the small, 'bright' spot near the center of Charon's disc is a real feature but its brightness relative to the darker terrain is exaggerated here."

- 9 July 2015 picture of Pluto(days before New Horizons gets really close/blasts past the Pluto system),


Charon still not showing how interesting it can be!  Ope, we finally have Charon,

Image Credit: NASA/ New Horizons space probe

- and Pluto black and white again . . . just a day away(and a few hours),

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

Image Credit & Copyright: NASA, Johns Hopkins Univ./APL, Southwest Research Inst.

Pre-flyby best picture of Pluto . . . as everyone knows by now. 

Image Credit: NASA/New Horizons spacecraft

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