May 28, 2020

Astronomy Video of the Week: Plutopalooza-The Wait is Over

Pluto snapping into focus!

Credit: NASA/JHU/APL/SW Research Institute

It has been over nine years.

On January 19th, 2006, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft launched out of Cape Canaveral bound for Pluto. And in just over a week’s time, the key flyby window opens centered on July 14th. Moving over 14 kilometres per second, New Horizons won’t be stopping as it heads on an escape trajectory out of the solar system. Already, we’re getting some amazing views courtesy of New Horizons LORRI imager. Clearly, Pluto and Charon are brave new worlds like no other. [Read more...]