NASA has shared images of Pluto that guitar god Jimi Hendrix would have been proud of. The dwarf planet appears to be wrapped in a huge psychedelic tie dye swatch making it look like something out of the 60’s. The image was created to highlight the planets different terrains and attributes. Much has been learned about Pluto and a lot of it has surprised scientists and researchers.
New Horizons scientists made this false color image of Pluto using a technique called principal component analysis to highlight the many subtle color differences between Pluto’s distinct regions. The image data were collected by the spacecraft’s Ralph/MVIC color camera on July 14 at 11:11 AM UTC, from a range of 22,000 miles (35,000 kilometers). This image was presented by Will Grundy of the New Horizons’ surface composition team on Nov. 9 at the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in National Harbor, Maryland.
One of the other discoveries and demonstrations NASA has provided about Pluto has to do with Pluto’s moons and how they spin. In the video below you can see a model in action showing what NASA scientists are researching regarding Pluto’s moons.
Research and study surrounding Pluto is ongoing and probably will be for a long time. You can follow NASA’s updates and news on their website to get the very latest straight from the source.
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