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Pluto in True Color

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#92563 by @ 04.09.2006 00:00 - nach oben -
Pluto in True Color

Pluto is mostly brown.

above picture captures the true colors of
as well as the highest surface resolution
so far recovered.

Although no spacecraft has yet visited this
distant world, the
New Horizons spacecraft
launched early this year is expected to reach Pluto in 2015.

recent reclassification, by the
International Astronomical Union, from planet to
dwarf planet remains a
topic of much debate.

above map was created by tracking brightness
changes from Earth of
Pluto during times when it was being
partially eclipsed by its moon

The map therefore shows the hemisphere of
Pluto that faces Charon.

Pluto's brown color is thought dominated by frozen
methane deposits metamorphosed by faint but
energetic sunlight.

The dark band below
equator is seen to have rather complex coloring,
however, indicating that some unknown mechanisms
may have affected Pluto's surface.

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#92580 by @ 04.09.2006 15:36 - nach oben -
#92588 by @ 04.09.2006 18:39 - nach oben -
Das mit dä farb ische würklich interessant. Alle andere Objekt im gliche orbit sind nämli grau, und hend ä andere chemischi zämmäsessig.
#92564 by @ 04.09.2006 00:48 - nach oben -
hlz barbara!