Wednesday/ hello Pluto

Here’s a nice animation from NASA’s website to show the close-up detail that we know have gotten with the intrepid New Horizons explorer’s flyby.

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‘Meneer Van As! My Jas Sal U Nie Pas!’ .. a little Afrikaans mnemonic sentence that we learnt in school to name the planets from the sun. Pluto was still a planet then, of course.
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Source : NASA. This animation (click the picture) combines various observations of Pluto over the course of several decades. The first frame is a digital zoom-in on Pluto as it appeared upon its discovery by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 (image courtesy Lowell Observatory Archives). The other images show various views of Pluto as seen by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope beginning in the 1990s and NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft in 2015. The final sequence zooms in to a close-up frame of Pluto released on July 15, 2015.

 

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