Pluto Jun 22 2015 - 26M km

Pluto from 26M km

Latest Pluto image from New Horizons, processed with only minimal sharpening applied. Enhanced background contrast to reveal few stars on the background. Distance is now 26 million kilometers. Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Pluto and Charon on Jun 22 2015

Pluto on Jun 22nd: -26.8M km

New processed image of Pluto and Charon, from the latest New Horizons releases on Jun 22, 2015. This image is the result of combining 4 different images, taken from a distance of 26.8M km. Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Ceres bright spot 22 Jun 2015

Ceres Bright Spot Close-up

Processed image of Ceres bright spot, from image received from Dawn on Jun 22nd. Processing was done in order to increase contrast which was pretty low in the original image. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Pluto and Charon - Jun 21st 2015

Latest Pluto and Charon Image: 27.7M km Away

Been playing with the latest raw images received from New Horizons and published today. Not really sure how many of the features visible in the resulting image below are real instead of being just processing artifacts. The profile of the shadow seems to suggest the presence of a something similar to large impact crater, but…

Pluto fron NewHorizons,35M km away

Pluto…still 35M km to go!

This image of Pluto and Charon has been obtained by processing 4 raw images taken by New Horizons’s LORRI camera on June 18. New Horizons was 35M km away from Pluto when it captured those images. LORRI images are published by NASA on the New Horizons website.

Vesta and Ceres conjunction on Jul 4 2014

Vesta and Ceres conjunction

One of the reasons why I have built The Sky Live, and in particular the ‘live tracker’ feature using real deep sky photos from DSS, was to be able to easily spot interesting and beautiful juxtapositions of Solar System objects and other deep space objects, like a comet passing close to a galaxy, a globular…

Comet 2013 UQ41

Image of Comet 2013 UQ4

This image of Comet 2013 UQ4 taken on Jun 28 2014 is the result of combining 19 different exposures, 90 seconds each, for a total integrated exposure of about 28 minutes. 2013 UQ4 is an interesting object because, at discovery in October 2013, it was initially classified as an asteroid, but started showing a comet-like behavior few…

Comet C/2014 E2 (Jacques), Apr 6 2014

Comet C/2014 E2 (Jacques)

Comet C/2014 E2 (Jacques) captured on 6th April 2014. This image (total exposure is 7 minutes and 30 seconds) shows a large coma and evident tail. The comet is quite close to the Earth (144.5 million kilometers) and the motion with respect of the background stars is quite evident even in short exposures. Comet Jacques…