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Pluto and Charon rotation sequence

Filed under trans-neptunian objects, New Horizons, pretty pictures, Pluto, amateur image processing, Charon, dwarf planets beyond Neptune, many worlds, animation

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Pluto and Charon rotation sequence This animation contains 15 images captured between June 1 and 15. The images have been resized to account for the changing distance between New Horizons and the Pluto system during that time, which ranged from 50 to 35 million kilometers.

NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI / Emily Lakdawalla

For fun, here is the same set of images, aligned on Charon instead.

Pluto and Charon rotation sequence, centered on Charon

NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI / Emily Lakdawalla

Pluto and Charon rotation sequence, centered on Charon
This animation contains 15 images captured between June 1 and 15. The images have been resized to account for the changing distance between New Horizons and the Pluto system during that time, which ranged from 50 to 35 million kilometers.

Original image data dated on or about June 15, 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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