Pluto in Color: Movie Shows Dwarf Planet’s Orbital Dance With Moon Charon

If you’ve been following New Horizons at all, you will know that the NASA spacecraft has been inching its way toward Pluto, our solar system’s furthest object from the Sunday.

Scientists are already seeing signs of surface variations on Pluto, and this is just the beginning: New Horizons will pass within 8,000 miles of Pluto on July 14, snapping pictures with an unprecedented amount of detail.

New Horizons spent nearly a week-May 29 to June 3- capturing the pixelated images used to make the movie.

All elements of the process went well, including the observations and the search for new moons or rings that might present hazards to the fast-moving New Horizons.

The New Horizons team used the same set of images to create two videos-one showing a Pluto-centric view, and the other showing a barycentric view.

The United States National Space Agency has published the first ever images of the remote dwarf planet Pluto and its largest satellite. The mission will also help to shed light on the mysteries of the dwarf planet’s natural satellites or moons.

According to a report, a recent study using images from the Hubble found that several of Pluto’s smaller moons seem to be similar to Charon in reflectivity -which suggests they might have been formed from the same material, or even by the same event – but that at least one of the moons, Kerberos, is very dark in comparison.

This special feature earns Pluto-Charon the title of binary planet.

The resolution will get better, NASA specialists promise, as the New Horizons spacecraft approaches Pluto. “I can not wait; it’s just a couple weeks away!” First discovered in 1930, Pluto is made up mostly of rock and ice.

Pluto is a dwarf planet, only about one-sixth of Earth’s size, which is why it was excluded from the list of Solar System’s “proper” planets in 2006, when the definition of “planet” was reviewed.

Pluto has five moons, including Charon, the largest. However, Pluto and Charon are sometimes considered a binary system because the barycenter of their orbital interaction doesn’t lie within either body.


p style=”text-align: center;”>There's a Dark'Anti-Polar Cap on Pluto's Moon Charon


Add Comment