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New Horizons spies Pluto and Charon, July 2014

Filed under trans-neptunian objects, pretty pictures, Pluto, Charon, dwarf planets beyond Neptune, animation

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New Horizons spies Pluto and Charon, July 2014 This animation of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, was taken by New Horizons spacecraft as it traveled toward Pluto in July 2014. Covering almost one full rotation of Charon around Pluto, the 12 images that make up the movie were taken July 19-24 with the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) at distances ranging from about 429 million to 422 million kilometers.

NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI

New Horizons spies Pluto and Charon, July 2014 (zoom)

NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI

New Horizons spies Pluto and Charon, July 2014 (zoom)

 

Here is a simulation showing the behavior of the two worlds around their barycenter:

New Horizons spies Pluto and Charon, July 2014 (simulated view)

APL / New Horizons GeoViz

New Horizons spies Pluto and Charon, July 2014 (simulated view)
Public domain

This image is in the public domain. Original image data dated on or about July 24, 2014

 

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Comments:

Jon Alexandr: 08/07/2014 06:10 CDT

"This animation ... Covering almost one full rotation of Charon around Pluto ..." Isn't it one "revolution" ...?

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