May 22, 2019

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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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...]

New Horizons Set to Buzz the Pluto System

Pluto and Charon… in color!

(Credit: NASA/JPL)

(Editor’s Note: This week’s event was hatched as part of our “legacy post project” in October 2009, entitled “12 Very Special Events for the 21st Century.” They’re a time capsule of sorts, meant to carry on the Astroguyz legacy!)

One of the last outposts of the solar system is about to become known. 3463 days after launch, the New Horizons spacecraft is set to whiz by the Pluto-Charon system at a blazing 14 kilometers a second. Launched in 2006, flyby will occur on July 14th 2015. [Read more...]

23.04.11: A Plutonian Atmosphere.

As the New Horizons spacecraft approaches the distant world, Pluto is beginning to seem more planet-like by the day. Recently a team including astrobiologist Jane Graves used time on telescopes perched atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea complex to reveal an intriguing constituent of the Plutonian atmosphere; carbon monoxide.

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