December 11, 2017

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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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...]