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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:04 am 
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There Are X-Rays Coming From Pluto And We Still Don't Know What's Causing It

https://www.sciencealert.com/there-are- ... causing-it

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"Given that most pre-encounter models of Pluto's atmosphere had predicted it to be much more extended, with an estimated loss rate to space of ~1027 to 1028 mol/sec of N² and CH4… we attempted to detect X-ray emission created by [solar wind] neutral gas charge exchange interactions in the low density neutral gas surrounding Pluto," they wrote.

However, after consulting data from the Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS) aboard Chandra, they found that x-ray emissions coming from Pluto were greater than what this would allow for.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:18 pm 
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New Horizons Unveils New Maps of Pluto, Charon on Flyby Anniversary

http://www.astrowatch.net/2017/07/new-h ... pluto.html

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"The complexity of the Pluto system — from its geology to its satellite system to its atmosphere— has been beyond our wildest imagination," said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. "Everywhere we turn are new mysteries. These new maps from the landmark exploration of Pluto by NASA's New Horizons mission in 2015 will help unravel these mysteries and are for everyone to enjoy."

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:56 pm 
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Pluto: dwarf planet's surface features given first official names

https://www.theguardian.com/science/201 ... cial-names

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Mythological figures, astronomers, explorers and a British schoolgirl are among those immortalised as mountains, craters and regions on the distant world

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:08 am 
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Scientists Explain Pluto's Skyscraper-Sized Ice Blades

https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti ... ce-blades/

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First observed by the New Horizons spacecraft in 2015, the strange spiky features are likely formed from sublimating methane.

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Why it’s good news that Pluto doesn’t have rings

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/why ... have-rings

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New Horizons’ next destination might be ring-free, too, promising a safe passage for the spacecraft

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:32 pm 
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Pluto on Google Maps

https://www.google.com/maps/space/pluto ... a=!3m1!1e3

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Who's watching the World Series? Not me! But there's something astronomical going on besides the Houston Astro's name.

Los Angeles Dodgers's pitcher Clayton Kershaw's great-uncle was Clyde Tombaugh!

https://twitter.com/NASA/status/922978193061154817

https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/news/2016/ ... -day-pluto

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:04 pm 
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Old link, but very nice.

Pluto ‘Wows’ in Spectacular New Backlit Panorama

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/pluto-wows ... t-panorama

Attached is a colorized version. I don't know who colorized this image.


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Another one.

http://rebrn.com/re/nasa-just-published ... ke-912398/


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Do You Have the Perfect Nickname for New Horizons’ Next Flyby Target?

http://www.seti.org/seti-institute/pres ... yby-target

Visit the site!

http://www.frontierworlds.org/

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Hazy Skies Cool Down Pluto

https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti ... own-pluto/

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Complex chemistry in the dwarf planet’s upper atmosphere may explain one of its biggest mysteries

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