Watch Pluto and Charon Engage in Their Orbital Dance

by Jason Major August 7, 2014

Now here’s something I guarantee you’ve never seen before: a video of the dwarf planet Pluto and its largest moon Charon showing the two distinctly separate worlds actually in motion around each other! Captured by the steadily-approaching New Horizons spacecraft from July 19–24, the 12 images that comprise this animation were acquired with the Long Range […]

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Cool Infographic Compares the Chemistry of Planetary Atmospheres

by Jason Major July 27, 2014

Here on Earth we enjoy the nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere we’ve all come to know and love with each of the approximately 24,000 breaths we take each day (not to mention the surprisingly comfortable 14.7 pounds per square inch of pressure it exerts on our bodies every moment.) But every breath we take would be impossible (or at least quickly […]

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Astrophoto: Capturing Pluto with a Spoon

by Nancy Atkinson July 8, 2014

Last week, we encouraged those of you with a decent sized backyard telescope (and a little patience) to try and spot tiny dwarf planet Pluto, which was at opposition over this past weekend. One of our favorite astrophotographers, John Chumack, did just that using the “Sagittarius Spoon” to zero-in on Pluto’s location. “Most astronomers are […]

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New Horizons Wakes Up for the Summer

by Jason Major June 16, 2014

While many kids in the U.S. are starting their school summer vacations, New Horizons is about to get back to work! Speeding along on its way to Pluto the spacecraft has just woken up from hibernation, a nap it began five months (and 100 million miles) ago. The next time New Horizons awakens from hibernation in December, it will be beginning […]

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Trailer: New Horizons Gets Ready to Meet Pluto

by Nancy Atkinson January 27, 2014

Less than a year from now, the New Horizons spacecraft will begin its encounter with Pluto. While closest approach is scheduled for July 2015, the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager or “LORRI” will begin snapping photos of the Pluto system six months earlier. This first mission to Pluto has been a long time coming, and this […]

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