Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2015.07.18 | Pluto Special!


Charon compared with Eris, Pluto, Makemake, Ha...

Charon compared with Eris, Pluto, Makemake, Haumea, Orcus, 2007 OR 10 , Quaoar, their moons and Earth. All to scale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s Pluto week! So, with the passing of New Horizons past Pluto’s orbit thus ends the first era of humanity’s reconnaisance of the solar system. There is much, much more to be seen, as we now know that the dwarf planet is the largest body of the chilly Kuiper belt, past the orbit of Neptune.

Even now, we select targets for further exploration, like Jupiter’s moon Europa, Saturn’s Enceladus, as we continue to receive data from our probes in the outer reaches of the system. And we’ve only begun to receive the vast sum of information possible from New Horizons.

The late Carl Sagan once said, “The sky calls to us…If we do not destroy ourselves, we will one day journey to the stars.”

These are very exciting times to live in. Have a fantastic weekend!

Talotaa frang, talotaa kas, talotaa tranga sulat.

New Horizons Launch to Pluto

Last Look at Pluto’s Charon Side

New Horizons Passes Pluto and Charon

Pluto Resolved

Fifty Miles on Pluto

Charon

Fly Over Pluto

Image of the Week:

Weekly Astrognuz:

Gaia: Galaxy map of stellar density

Mysterious Mountain Revealed in First Close-Up of Pluto’s Moon Charon

Pluto: from Hubble to New Horizons

How Could We Destroy the Moon?

Art: Pluto’s features predicted in 1979

Three-Tailed Comet Q1 pansSTARRS Lights up Southern Skies

Global cooling: No, we’re not headed for a mini ice-age.

Catch a Fine Lunar Planetary Grouping this Weekend

Pluto: New Horizons closest approach

Jupiter twin discovered around solar twin | Astronomy.com

Celestial Fireworks: Star Cluster Westerlund 2:

PLUTO MARS – Outbound Probe [A Capella Science]

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