Pluto's atmosphere and background stars

Pluto’s backlit image and a possible star occultation

Few hours ago NASA released a bunch of new images of Pluto received from New Horizons. Three of those images show a breathtaking backlit picture of Pluto and clearly put in evidence the dwarf planet’s atmosphere. The image shown here was been obtained by manually stacking the three backlit pictures and enhancing the contrast, in…

Pluto and Charon Jul 9 2015

Pluto showing more details from 5.4M km

This image is not new at all, and of course is not the best one that has been published, but it was just impossible to resist playing with the latest published images from New Horizons and creating our own version. The attempt here is to enhance both Pluto’s features and the background stars.

Ceres Jun 18, 2015

Ceres on Jun 18, from an altitude of 4,400 kilometers

Processed image of Ceres, taken by the Dawn spacecraft on Jun 18, 2015. The surface is distant 4400 km and the resolution of the image is about 410 meters per pixel. The crater with bright borders has a diameter of about 25 kilometers. The original image (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA) has been processed to enhance contrast and…

Pluto and Charon Jul 7, 2015

Pluto from 12.5M km

Great news! New Horizons is back to operations after the issue that affected its main computer a couple of days ago. Today the New Horizons team published a set of pictures taken on Jul 3 (before the computer issue) from a distance of 12.5M km from Pluto. Theose images show a lot of interesting features,…

The Mountain on Ceres

The Mountain on Ceres

This image received from the Dawn spacecraft clearly shows a recently discovered mountain, approximately 5km high. Original image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Pluto and Charon from 14.9M km

Pluto and Charon from 14.9M km

Latest image received from New Horizons, distance is now 14.9M km and we’re now 12 days from the flyby. As always image has been enlarged and sharpened. Some small scale artifacts might be present in the image. It’s more and more evident how the surface has different reflectivity, with brighter and darker areas separated by…