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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Astronomy Tuesday

NASA released this new enhanced-color photo of Pluto a few weeks ago. The sharper colors make it easier to differentiate chemical composition or geologic history, which will give the astroscientists plenty of material to theorize over.

I think I'm falling in love with this planet. Compared to the spooky majesty of Uranus and Neptune, or the chilly weird beauty of Saturn, this scuffed brown ball looks familiar and accessible, like an old toy in the back of the closet, something that you'd forgotten you had, but are thrilled to see again. It feels like family, in a way the more glamorous planets do not.

Image Credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins Univ./APL, Southwest Research Inst.

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