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New Horizons sees surface features on Pluto for the first time

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

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New Horizons sees surface features on Pluto for the first time This animation contains 13 images taken over the course of one Pluto rotation between April 12 and April 18, 2015. During this period, New Horizons was roughly 110 million kilometers from Pluto. Stacking and deconvolution has been used to increase the resolution of the images over the raw data, revealing Pluto's spotty surface. The brightness variations make Pluto appear lumpy, but it is actually round.

NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI

Original image data dated on or about April 18, 2015.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.

 

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