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Nix crosses Orion's head

Filed under trans-neptunian objects, New Horizons, pretty pictures, amateur image processing, Pluto's small moons

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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. successfully located the star field in Orion's head.

NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI / Emily Lakdawalla

Original image data dated on or about July 14, 2015.

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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


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