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Nix crosses Orion's head

Nix crosses Orion's head

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Nix crosses Orion's head
New Horizons took 16 photos of Nix about 3 hours after the flyby over a period spanning about four minutes, in four sets of four rapid-fire images. Here, the images have been aligned on background stars and then stacked. With the stars fixed, a crescent Nix appears as a set of four smeared blurs. Astrometry.net successfully located the star field in Orion's head.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla

Original image data dated on or about July 14, 2015

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