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New Horizons Closing in on Pluto System [Sep. 20th, 2014|03:46 pm]
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The New Horizons mission is closing in on Pluto after all these years in flight!

The long range camera has previously been able to see Pluto and Charon orbiting (showing how they move as a binary). Article here.


Interestingly, the other moons orbit the binary pair -- in other words they are circling the common center of gravity (barycenter) between Pluto and Charon.

New Horizons has just barely been able to spy Hydra, the next largest object in the Pluto system. Here is a long-exposure time-composite image. Hydra is the little bump just above the Pluto-Charon bright spot. Article here.



Only 10 months until the flyby!
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[User Picture]From: sabotlours
2014-09-21 03:23 am (UTC)
I'm also waiting for us to harpoon a comet!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2014-09-21 05:53 am (UTC)
That's also an exciting mission... I think I saw a story recently where they had a photo of the targeted site?
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2014-09-30 01:19 pm (UTC)
Earwig O. =:)

And serendipitously, that'll be only about four days after Interstellar comes out. ^_^

Edited at 2014-09-30 01:19 pm (UTC)
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