NASA Captures A Day On Pluto And A Day On Charon

Posted: Nov 21 2015, 7:18am CST | by , Updated: Nov 22 2015, 3:59pm CST, in News | Latest Science News


NASA’s New Horizons Captures a Day on Pluto and a Day on Charon
On approach in July 2015, the cameras on NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured Pluto rotating over the course of a full “Pluto day.” The best available images of each side of Pluto taken during approach have been combined to create this view of a full rotation. Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

Pluto and its largest moon Charon face a different scenario from the earth. The longest day they have to see is a far cry from the 24 hour day on our own planet.

A day on Pluto is equivalent to 6.4 days of earth. Several images were taken of Pluto and its moon Charon. With the heart-like Tombaugh Regio slowly on the wane, the images were very realistic and crystal clear in their degree of lucidity. The contrast between the encountered hemisphere and the far side hemisphere are obvious from the images too. 

Pluto’s moon Charon like its mother planet also revolves every 6.4 earth days. Some of the signature surface features of both Pluto and its moon were revealed in the pics taken by NASA spacecraft New Horizons. Several new facts about Charon will be found via the photographs which speak for themselves.

The rotation of Pluto over the course of a Plutonian day was noted down carefully. Every image of the planet and its moon as they revolve around their axes has been taken and the overall scenario is awesome to behold.  

The wedges towards the southern side of Pluto show the image to be a series of artefacts of sorts. And the composite picture appears to be the height of astronomical artistry. The 9 o’clock position and the 12 o’clock position were taken in a stride.

On approach to the Pluto system in July 2015, the cameras on NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured images of the largest of Pluto’s five moons, Charon, rotating over the course of a full day. The best currently available images of each side of Charon taken during approach have been combined to create this view of a full rotation of the moon. Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

The complexities of the planets and their various rotations and elliptical movements around the sun are something which is indeed fascinating. Pluto was once a part of the solar system.

Then several years ago, the astronomers sat down and put two and two together and decided not to give it the designation of a planet. It thus got kicked out of the pantheon that includes the third rock from the sun. 

The planet is an icy world that is cold to the touch. It is a desolate and dreary place where the sun doesn’t shine very often. As for the day being equal to 6.4 earth days, this may seem odd but it is a standard course for planets that differ from our spaceship earth.

The earth is after all not the center of the universe. It is just a small fleck-sized planet among so many others which lies in a galaxy that too is part of so many others. And the universe ultimately has just one attitude towards us and that is one of indifference. 

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