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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Astronomy Tuesday


I love that I immediately recognized this as Pluto when it turned up as today's Astronomy Picture of the Day. It never stops feeling miraculous to me that the icy not-quite-a-planet that was shown as nothing more than a dim star in my college astronomy textbooks can now be seen in so much detail.

Proof that we idiot humans do manage to get many things right, despite all the recent evidence to the contrary. (This picture shows the Sputnik Planum; click over to the link to read more about it.)

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

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