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Dark Side of the Pluto

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'shooped by Xeni.

Just made this quick 'shoop of the first thing that came into my head when I saw this amazing Pluto image from the NASA New Horizons mission.

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Dark Side of the Pluto revealed in new NASA image from New Horizons mission

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NASA

Today, NASA's New Horizons mission team revealed a slew of new data including this breathtaking “farewell” to our spacecraft, by Pluto.

From the NASA briefing:

Backlit by the sun, Pluto’s atmosphere rings its silhouette like a luminous halo in this image taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft around midnight EDT on July 15. This global portrait of the atmosphere was captured when the spacecraft was about 1.25 million miles (2 million kilometers) from Pluto and shows structures as small as 12 miles across. The image, delivered to Earth on July 23, is displayed with north at the top of the frame.

Pluto haze! In my brain. Lately, things, they don't seem the same.

Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

How to name an exoplanet, by XKCD

Randall Munroe has a hot take on the recent space news around Kepler 452-B and Pluto.

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NASA unveils gorgeous new false-color image of Pluto

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NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

It may be 'shopped, and we can tell by the pixels, but it's just the most beautiful image of Pluto mankind has ever seen. It's also 2.2 km/pixel, and the most detailed ever.

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First near-Earth-size planet in “habitable zone” around sun-like star confirmed by NASA

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National Geographic's Pluto issue, autographed by NASA's New Horizons team

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Susan Goldberg: “How cool is this? The @NASANewHorizons #Pluto team autographed our fab July @NatGeo cover, written by @nadiamdrake.”

More: Pluto coverage on Boing Boing.

Live coverage of Pluto image press conference with NASA New Horizons team

IMAGES

Breaking news from Nasa: here are the first close-up details from the surface of Pluto, our solar system's most distant planet.

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Charon, Pluto's largest moon.

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Here's Pluto's moon Hydra, imaged for the first time and said to be composed of water-ice.

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Here's methane in Pluto's atmosphere, mapped. cj-puimusaakktu

EARLIER

It's Christmas, Halloween, and every other holiday you can imagine for space geeks today. Today is the day when images sent back from NASA's New Horizons probe from humanity's first Pluto fly-by will be revealed, at 3pm Eastern.

We're watching live on NASA TV. This post will be updated as images come through.

In the Mission Control center, NASA's New Horizons operations team celebrates a successful visit to Pluto by the space probe.


In the Mission Control center, NASA's New Horizons operations team celebrates a successful visit to Pluto by the space probe.

Data is streaming back from the probe near Pluto.


Data is streaming back from the probe near Pluto.

We are as close as we've ever been to Pluto, and images even more spectacular than this are on the way.


We are as close as we've ever been to Pluto, and images even more spectacular than this are on the way.

The New Horizons team at work, after a successful Pluto encounter. Photos: NASA


The New Horizons team at work, after a successful Pluto encounter. Photos: NASA

The New Horizons team at work, after a successful Pluto encounter. Photos: NASA


The New Horizons team at work, after a successful Pluto encounter. Photos: NASA

Pluto fly-by immortalized in 4 perfect frames by Cyanide & Happiness webcomic

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A wonderful “Aww, poor Pluto” take by webcomic creator Rob DenBleyker. Link. Won't someone think of the poor exoplanets?

This little cartoon captures all of Pluto's lonely feels, as New Horizons probe flys by

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Aww. Poor little Pluto.

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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft phones home from Pluto, and all is “nominal”

“We are in lock with telemetry on the spacecraft,” operations manager Alice Bowman said at the New Horizons Mission Operations Center.


“We are in lock with telemetry on the spacecraft,” operations manager Alice Bowman said at the New Horizons Mission Operations Center.

Cheers and clapping at the Mission Operations Center (MOC), where the New Horizons spacecraft signal was received.


Cheers and clapping at the Mission Operations Center (MOC), as the New Horizons spacecraft signal was received.

NASA TV is broadcasting confirmation that a signal has been received from the New Horizons spacecraft, which just flew as close to Pluto as it's going to get on a decades-long trip. This is the first ever flyby of Pluto in human history.

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Pluto and other known “not-planets” in our solar system mapped in scale image montage

Montage by Emily Lakdawalla.


Montage by Emily Lakdawalla.

“Now that I have a reasonable-resolution global color view of Pluto,” writes Emily Lakdawalla, “I can drop it into one of my trademark scale image montages, to show you how it fits in with the rest of the similar-sized worlds in the solar system: the major moons and the biggest asteroids.”

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Epic photo of the International Space Station passing in front of the moon

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International Space Station over Australia,” by Dylan O'Donnell.

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Spinning solar-powered Titan & Luna globes

If you liked the solar-powered spinning Mars globe, but wanted something more exotic, there's the spinning Titan globe, and for something closer to home, there's the Lunar edition.

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WATCH: Wanderers: breathtaking location shoots from our solar system

Erik Wernquist's Wanderers is a beautiful, inspiring, even haunting video recreating actual locations in our solar system, places we may reach someday.

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Solar system drinking glasses


The Planetary Glass Set comprises ten glasses (one for each planet, plus one each for Pluto and Sol) representing the bodies of our solar system, very very very loosely sized to express their relative dimensions.

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Harvard's crowdsourcing a century of astronomical logbook transcription


Simon writes, "I recently got a chance to interview and profile the people behind a collaboration between Smithsonian and the Harvard College Observatory who are crowdsourcing the transcription of logbooks for thousands of photographic plates. It's a massive undertaking that will give scientists access to a hundred years of astronomical data."

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Planet formation around HL Tau, 450 light years from Earth

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"In a vast disc of dust and gas, dark rings are clearly visible," reports the BBC's Jonathan Webb. "Gaps in the cloud, swept clear by brand new planets in orbit.