Pluto and Charon compared with planet Earth; it's really a dwarf planet! Even if it's bigger than previously thought, Pluto is smaller than the Moon.
Pluto has a 2370 km, diameter (18.5% that of Earth's), Charon has a diameter of 1208 km, (9.5% that of Earth's). In comparison the Moon has a diameter of 3,474.8 km ( about 25% that of Earth's)
And the last photo from New Horizons before the close encounter with Pluto. This side of the planet has never been seen before...
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I am not much into the "conspiration theories" but it's strange the NASA was publishing at leas one picture a day during the last week, then they publish the last one the day before the final approach from more than 500000 KM distance and now that they have photos taken from only 12000 KM they don't publish or show anything new...
They discovered a conspiracy theorist waving back.
No the other right mouse click!
But at last they sent something from a closer distance; mountains and no impact craters! (which means that Pluto is probably geologically active!
The Dark side of Pluto, taken from 2 million Km when New Horizons was speeding away from the dwarf planet.
It is the first photo in History to be taken from that side. It is possible to appreciate the atmosphere glowing in the dark.
As most of the pictures offered by NASA, also this one has been photo-shopped, and all the stars in the background are missing
Planetary Nebula known as The Helix Nebula, also known as The Helix, NGC 7293. In the constellation of Aquarius.
The distance from the Earth is of about 700 light years. Which means that this photo shows it as it was 700 years ago, today it probably looks quite different as nebulae are not stable.
This Nebula is also known as the "Eye of God", and the "Eye of Sauron"
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Size comparison of Sci-phi Starships (and the ISS);
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Not what I came on board today for, but nice thread Markk.
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