Top
Begin typing your search above and press return to search.
Madhyamam
    keyboard_arrow_down
    Login
    exit_to_app
    exit_to_app
    Homechevron_rightWorldchevron_rightWatch a day as it...

    Watch a day as it unfolds on Pluto, its moon Charon

    text_fields
    bookmark_border
    Watch a day as it unfolds on Pluto, its moon Charon
    cancel

    Washington: NASA's New Horizons probe has captured some stunning images of how the day progresses on Pluto and its largest moon Charon.

    Pluto’s day is 6.4 Earth days long. The images reveal many details about Pluto, including the differences between the encounter hemisphere and the so-called “far side” hemisphere seen only at lower resolution.

    The images were taken by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) and the Ralph/Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera on board New Horizons.

    The more distant images contribute to the view at the 3 o’clock position, with the top of the heart-shaped, informally named Tombaugh Regio slipping out of view, giving way to the side of Pluto that was facing away from New Horizons during closest approach on July 14.

    The side New Horizons saw in most detail - what the mission team calls the “encounter hemisphere” - is at the 6 o’clock position.

    Charon - like Pluto - rotates once every 6.4 Earth days.

    The side New Horizons saw in most detail, during closest approach on July 14 this year, is at the 12 o’clock position.

    Show Full Article
    TAGS:
    Next Story