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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Pluto system family portrait

Filed under trans-neptunian objects, New Horizons, pretty pictures, Pluto, scale comparisons, amateur image processing, Charon, dwarf planets beyond Neptune, Pluto's small moons

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Pluto system family portrait The four largest bodies in the Pluto system, to scale: 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 (how they would appear if New Horizons were 500,000 kilometers away). Not pictured are Kerberos and Styx; images of those moons of comparable quality have not yet been returned by New Horizons.

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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