APOD: Pluto in True Color (2024 Jan 28)

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APOD: Pluto in True Color (2024 Jan 28)

Post by APOD Robot » Sun Jan 28, 2024 5:05 am

Image Pluto in True Color

Explanation: What color is Pluto, really? It took some effort to figure out. Even given all of the images sent back to Earth when the robotic New Horizons spacecraft sped past Pluto in 2015, processing these multi-spectral frames to approximate what the human eye would see was challenging. The result featured here, released three years after the raw data was acquired by New Horizons, is the highest resolution true color image of Pluto ever taken. Visible in the image is the light-colored, heart-shaped, Tombaugh Regio, with the unexpectedly smooth Sputnik Planitia, made of frozen nitrogen, filling its western lobe. New Horizons found the dwarf planet to have a surprisingly complex surface composed of many regions having perceptibly different hues. In total, though, Pluto is mostly brown, with much of its muted color originating from small amounts of surface methane energized by ultraviolet light from the Sun.

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Re: APOD: Pluto in True Color (2024 Jan 28)

Post by Ann » Sun Jan 28, 2024 6:23 am

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Re: APOD: Pluto in True Color (2024 Jan 28)

Post by VictorBorun » Sun Jan 28, 2024 10:28 am

what the Great Red Spot of Jupiter was in fact slightly yellowish light gray?

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Re: APOD: Pluto in True Color (2024 Jan 28)

Post by Syringa vulgaris » Sun Jan 28, 2024 11:15 am

Still not a planet :lol2:

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Re: APOD: Pluto in True Color (2024 Jan 28)

Post by Ann » Sun Jan 28, 2024 11:21 am

VictorBorun wrote: Sun Jan 28, 2024 10:28 am what the Great Red Spot of Jupiter was in fact slightly yellowish light gray?
Actually, Victor, I think that the "faded" Jupiter picture that I posted is really too washed-out. The Great Red Spot has never been gray, I'm sure, and hardly just yellow either.

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Re: APOD: Pluto in True Color (2024 Jan 28)

Post by Roy » Sun Jan 28, 2024 2:07 pm

Pluto has serious stress cracks. Any theories on that subject?

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Re: APOD: Pluto in True Color (2024 Jan 28)

Post by Cousin Ricky » Sun Jan 28, 2024 3:47 pm

One way to tell which colors are more like what we would see is to actually look at the objects—through a telescope. To my eyes, Jupiter looks pale beige with brown stripes, and Neptune looks pale cyan.

I have not yet observed Pluto (and even when I do, it will probably be to faint to discern color). I have thus far not discerned color in Io, but I’ll say that Ann’s “what Io really looked like” looks a lot closer to the sulfur in my childhood chemistry set than the color-enhanced image does.