It’s been more than 8 months since New Horizons flew past Pluto, and we’re still learning new things from the images we’re getting back.
Recent images sent by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft appears to show clouds on Pluto’s atmosphere hovering over the frozen landscape. This could mean that the planet has an even richer atmosphere than researchers originally thought. But why that’s important?
It’s proven to be one of the most divisive issues in modern science. In one stroke, thousands of textbooks were after date. As astronomer, I’m always being asked about Pluto, why was it reclassified? And, if it’s not a planet anymore, than what can it be? — So, why isn’t Pluto a planet anymore?
There are only 8 planets in the solar system, at least that we know of. The planets are pretty big and we have all these powerful telescopes. So, you’d think we’d know if there is another one around. But, some scientists aren’t so sure! According to at least two teams of researchers, there might be a few more planets beyond Pluto, lurking in the dark depths of space, just waiting to be discovered.
New high-resolution images captured by NASA’ New Horizons probe reveals the first close-up of the dwarf planet’s equator, a region with large ice mountains reaching up to 11,000ft (3,350 meters) above the surface.
Tuesday will be remembered as the day humanity reached Pluto for the first time. If everything goes according to plan, a NASA spacecraft, called New Horizons, will fly by Pluto at 12:49 p.m. BST, or 7:49 a.m. ET.
NASA’ New Horizons spacecraft is a mere one million kilometres away from Pluto, as it approaches the dwarf planet and its moon Charon for the historic flyby tomorrow, it’s constantly sending back images to earth, and the last one is the sharpest and most stunning image yet of the mysterious icy world.
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has sent new high-resolution images of the dwarf planet Pluto, just days before its historic encounter on July 14, including one showing the four mysterious dark spots on the icy distant world.
A short time-lapse “movie” was shot of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. The images were taken by Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which is closer to Pluto than any spacecraft has ever been.
In March, NASA’ Dawn spacecraft will arrive ceres to begin the first close-up examination of a dwarf planet. Ceres is 600 miles wide the largest of the asteroids between Mars and Jupiter. “We’re going to reveal the fascinating details of a giant world of rock and ice,” said Marc Rayman, the chief engineer for NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. “Ceres has 38 percent of the area of the continental United States. It’s actually the largest body between the sun and Pluto that a spacecraft has not yet visited.”
As NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has begun its long-awaited historic encounter with Pluto, entering the first of several approach phases that will culminate with the first close-up flyby of the Pluto system six months from now, we decide to write an interesting-list about dwarf planet pluto including 15 curious things maybe you didn’t know about this demoted planet. Enjoy!
If you’ve been having trouble remembering how many planets are in the solar system after Pluto’s unceremonious demotion, get ready to revise your understanding of the universe again. According to the calculations of scientists at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM, Spain) and the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) not only one, but at least two planets must exist to explain the orbital behaviour of extreme trans-Neptunian objects (ETNO)