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Pluto's hazes (annotated)

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

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Pluto's hazes (annotated) Just seven hours after closest approach, New Horizons looked back and captured this spectacular image of Pluto’s atmosphere, backlit by the sun. The image reveals layers of haze that are several times higher than scientists predicted. Two distinct layers lie at 83 and 50 kilometers above Pluto's surface.

NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI / modified to metric by Emily Lakdawalla

Original image data dated on or about July 14, 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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