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.

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,…

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…

Pluto and Charon - 15.9M km

Pluto from 15.9M km

Latest processed image of Pluto and Charon coming from New Horizons, from a distance of 15.9M km. Original images have been enlarged, stacked and sharpened. Interesting surface features are becoming more and more apparent. What in previous pictures seemed like a big crater, now seems more similar to a large dark area on the surface.…

Pluto from 18.2M km

Pluto from 18.2M km

Latest image received from New Horizons, now 18.2M km from target. Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Pluto from 20.6M km

Pluto from 20.6M km

Latest image of Pluto from New Horizons LORRI instrument, taken from a distance of 20.6M km. Original images have been enlarged and processed in order to increase contrast and sharpness. Features similar to craters appear, however there is still some uncertainty caused by possible processing artifacts. Original image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest…

Pluto from 22.9M km

Pluto and Charon from 22.9M km

Latest processed image of Pluto, received on Jun 25 and taken from a distance of 22.9M km by the New Horizons spacecraft. There might be some processing artifacts caused by enlarging and sharpening. Original images credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute