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Pluto is...Red?


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Spaghetti Cat

Exciting news everyone, the New Horizons probe is closing in on the planet Pluto. And it's already coming back with some neat pics. The first being, Pluto is red. Who knew?

 

 

 

What color is Pluto? The answer, revealed in the first maps made from New Horizons data, turns out to be shades of reddish brown.

 

Although this is reminiscent of Mars, the cause is almost certainly very different. On Mars the coloring agent is iron oxide, commonly known as rust. On the dwarf planet Pluto, the reddish color is likely caused by hydrocarbon molecules that are formed when cosmic rays and solar ultraviolet light interact with methane in Pluto's atmosphere and on its surface.

 

 

 

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http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/News-Article.php?page=20150703-2

 

And a quick GIF video of the approaching planet and the moon.

 

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/common/content/videos/dataMovies/7-3-15_Color_Rotation_Movie_NASA-JHUAPL-SWRI.gif

 

 

It still boggles my mind that we can send a probe out that far, and that we've never seen the last planet in our solar system up close like this before.

 

Make sure to check in over the next couple of days and weeks. The probe will make a fly-by of Pluto and then zoom off into interstellar space. Pretty cool.

 

 

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It truly is crazy to think here we are, going about our daily lives, travelling to work every day, earning this thing we call money so we can pay for little wires that carry data around the world to enable us to share posts on this forum. Does it ever make you feel like an insignificant little being?

 

We've only just recognised the colour of Pluto's surface, imagine what else is beyond, in a galaxy far far away...?

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Reformed Squid
We've only just recognised the colour of Pluto's surface, imagine what else is beyond, in a galaxy far far away...?

An unnecessary sequel.

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imagine what else is beyond, in a galaxy far far away...?

 

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– overeducated wonk who fetishises compromise

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Space pussy?

 

That's it, i'm becoming an astronaut.

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BAH! Pluto is not a planet, nobody cares.

 

Anyway, have you guys seen the blue dunes of Mars? Those things are magnificent:

 

 

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Sauce: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/02/27/frosty-blue-dunes-on-mars/#.VZc9H_l_Oko

 

Anyway, New Horizon is going to get closer to Pluto and we'll get to see more detailed images of its surface. And to think that probe has been out there for almost ten years.... After flying by Pluto it will go to investigate other objects in the Kuiper Belt.

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universetwisters

I don't care. It's not like I'm gonna step foot there anytime soon.

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PhillBellic

I thought Pluto was a Dog. Has my life been a lie? :O

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Not A Nice Person

I have really bad astrophobia, who needs sleep anyway...

 

Researched the blue dunes on mars, can't wait to offroad on those things in 25 years.

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Anyway, have you guys seen the blue dunes of Mars? Those things are magnificent:

 

 

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Nigga I know that last one is blue waffle
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BAH! Pluto is not a planet, nobody cares.

 

Anyway, have you guys seen the blue dunes of Mars? Those things are magnificent:

 

 

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If humanity ever builds a civilisation on Mars (more than just 4 hipsters), then I think I've found where I'll build my house

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TeamAssist

Imagine what lies beneath the planets light years away? Crazy when you think of it and remember time travelling

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thatguy718

So? I mean, does it really matter what the color of a planet is?

I'm guessing they would have invested in quite a lot of funds to be able to have the tech to gain such information. This just seems like a waste of both money and time.

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It truly is crazy to think here we are, going about our daily lives, travelling to work every day, earning this thing we call money so we can pay for little wires that carry data around the world to enable us to share posts on this forum. Does it ever make you feel like an insignificant little being?

 

We've only just recognised the colour of Pluto's surface, imagine what else is beyond, in a galaxy far far away...?

Every time I start thinking about this stuff this my mind can't stop and I end up unable to sleep. I love it though.

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I'm guessing they would have invested in quite a lot of funds to be able to have the tech to gain such information. This just seems like a waste of both money and time.

The entire mission wasn't just to find out the colour of Pluto y'know
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Not A Nice Person

Pluto might be a rest station in the future....A rest station the size of Canada...

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I thought Pluto was a Dog. Has my life been a lie? :O

Shhh....There...There...Just look at this picture and all will be right in you're world again...

 

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Spaghetti Cat

Well, this is a bummer...

 

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/News-Article.php?page=20150704

 

Apparently the probe had a glitch and went into 'safe mode' Hopefully the gang over there at NASA will get her back up eventually. I guess it's like unplugging your router, if your router was 3 billion (!) miles away.

 

To put that in perspective, it takes 9 hours for the signal to be sent to the probe and acknowledged back here on Earth. Mind Boggling distances.

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Not A Nice Person

The probe got to the Moon in 8 hours, that's shorter than a flight from Canada to South Africa.

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This just seems like a waste of both money and time.

People like you who oppose space exploration are plain stupid.

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This just seems like a waste of both money and time.

People like you who oppose space exploration are plain stupid.

 

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Spaghetti Cat

He's probably just saying that a lack of curiosity is silly. But, it's not everyone's cup of tea. I can get that, no worries.

 

 

Looks like the probe is back up. Should be transmitting tomorrow.

 

E: looks like Rusk beat me to it :)

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MyName'sJeff

Then in the next 10-20 years or so, we'll have a probe that can go outside our galaxy called Milky Way and we find out it suspiciously has that brown colour surrounding it with a nougat centre.

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This just seems like a waste of both money and time.

People like you who oppose space exploration are plain stupid.

 

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Can you not imagine the potential benefits gained from greater exploration and scientific discoveries?

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I'm excited to know what we'll find out about Pluto. Like I'm excited for when Voyager 1 will actually properly leave the Solar System past the Oort cloud, which probably won't happen in my life time, or the next 300 life times.

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Pete4000uk

Long after Earth's civilisations are gone, those probes will be the only things left. Just silently gliding through interstellar space.

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Spaghetti Cat

Just a quick bump, should be doing the fly-by this evening with lots and lots of pics to come. Should have lots more info tomorrow. Get excited ppl

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We're finally seeing Pluto and not a pixel!! Yay! Edited by Sayuri
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