October 4, 2015

Astronomy Video of the Week: Catching Pluto before Pluto

Pluto! (Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI).

You just never know what might be lurking in old data, awaiting discovery.

Or perhaps pre-discovery. As we approach the eve of New Horizon’s historic fly-by of Pluto and its moons tomorrow, we thought we’d turn your attention to a recent amazing find from the Carnegie Observatories’ archive. The collection includes more than 200,000 glass plates of the night sky going all the way back to 1892 from three separate observatories.

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Happy 85th to Pluto!

An artist’s conception of New Horizons

passing Pluto and Charon.

Credit: NASA/JHU APL/SwRI/Steve Gribben

Where were you in 1930?

If you were American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, you were announcing the discovery of a curious object caught moving through the constellation Gemini just the month prior. [Read more...]

26.07.11: Naming P4; A Humble Proposal.

The many worlds of Pluto! (Credit: NASA/HST/SETI Institute).

By now, you’ve heard the news and read the tweets; Pluto has a fourth moon to accompany Charon, Nix, & Hydra. The discovery announcement came last week from a team of astronomers led by the SETI Institutes’ Mark Showalter utilizing the Hubble Space Telescope. The observation campaign is part of an ongoing effort to survey the environs of Pluto in anticipation of NASA’s New Horizons flyby in July of 2015. [Read more...]