The Bruce Murray Space Image Library
Pluto system family portrait (to scale with orbits)
Filed under trans-neptunian objects, New Horizons, pretty pictures, Pluto, scale comparisons, amateur image processing, Charon, dwarf planets beyond Neptune, Pluto's small moons
The four largest bodies in the Pluto system, to scale, and at correctly scaled distances from each other: Pluto, Charon, Nix, and Hydra. The images were taken at a variety of times, from 16 to 10 hours before New Horizons' closest approach to Pluto. They have been resized to a common scale (5 km/pixel). Not pictured are Kerberos and Styx; images of those moons of comparable quality have not yet been returned by New Horizons.
NASA / JPL / JHUAPL / SwRI / Emily Lakdawalla
Original image data dated on or about July 14, 2015.
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