December 11, 2017

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...]

2015: The Year We See Pluto Up Close

An artist’s conception of New Horizons at Pluto. Credit: NASA.

The late American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh got a birthday present yesterday when NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft released an image of Pluto and its moon Charon.

Born in 1906, Mr. Tombaugh would’ve been 109 this year. And although yesterday’s image snapped by New Horizon’s LORRI navigational camera wasn’t a spectacular one, expect that to improve drastically as the NASA spacecraft heads towards its historic July encounter. [Read more...]

Astro-Vid Of the Week: New Horizons Encounter Video

An artist’s conception of New Horizons on approach to Pluto and Charon.

(Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute JHUAPL/SwRI)

We’re just one year away now from the beginning of a historic solar system encounter. In July 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will thread its way past Pluto and its retinue of moons. Launched just over eight years ago on January 19th, 2006 from Cape Canaveral, next year’s encounter phase will actually begin late this year when New Horizons switches permanently on for upcoming the Pluto-Charon encounter. [Read more...]