APOD: Northern Pluto (2016 Feb 27)

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APOD: Northern Pluto (2016 Feb 27)

Post by APOD Robot » Sat Feb 27, 2016 5:07 am

Image Northern Pluto

Explanation: Gaze across the frozen canyons of northern Pluto in this contrast enhanced color scene, imaged last July by the New Horizons spacecraft. Currently known as Lowell Regio, the region has been informally named for Percival Lowell, founder of the Lowell Observatory. Also famous for his speculation that there were canals on Mars, in 1906 Lowell started the search that ultimately led to Pluto's discovery. Pluto's North Pole itself is above and left of center in the the frame. The pale bluish floor of the broad canyon on the left is about 70 kilometers (45 miles) wide, running vertically toward the south. Higher elevations take on a yellowish hue. New Horizon's measurements have determined that in addition to nitrogen ice, methane ice is abundant across northern Pluto's Lowell Regio.

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Re: APOD: Northern Pluto (2016 Feb 27)

Post by Beyond » Sat Feb 27, 2016 5:12 am

Hmm... looks sort of like a not quite clean egg.
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Re: APOD: Northern Pluto (2016 Feb 27)

Post by Ironwood » Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:50 am

Is that Pluto's atmosphere you can see in a band above the limb? Probably not as the description would have mentioned it.

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Re: APOD: Northern Pluto (2016 Feb 27)

Post by BobStein-VisiBone » Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:36 am

It's so nice to finally see a high resolution visual of Northern Plutopia, of the Aerican Empire.


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