It happened this past week … a initial good demeanour during Pluto.
It was accurately nine-and-a-half years ago currently that NASA’s New Horizons booster lifted off on a three-billion-mile journey.
Since a possibility find in 1930, Pluto has always been only a fuzz in a telescope … until New Horizons started promulgation behind a close-up pictures.
For a initial time we’re saying immeasurable dull plains, that seem to be “only” 100 million years aged during a most.
We’re saying towering ranges some 10,000 feet high.
And pound in a center of Pluto’s Southern hemisphere, we see a outrageous area made like a heart.
Astronomers are already attaching names to some of these newly-found features, including a heart, that they’re job a Tombaugh Regio (Latin for region), after Clyde Tombaugh, a pledge astronomer who initial speckled Pluto all those years ago.
- Mountains on Pluto, chasms on Charon disturb scientists (CBS News, 07/15/15)
- Bill Nye discusses newest images of Pluto (CBSN, 07/15/15)
- NASA reveals new cinema of Pluto (CBS News, 07/15/15)
What nothing of a astronomers are job Pluto, however, is a PLANET. It was officially, and controversially, downgraded to “dwarf planet” standing in 2006.
- Why Pluto got demoted (CBS News, 08/24/06)
- Pluto discuss not over yet (09/05/06)
- Demoted from planethood, Pluto creates a case (CBS News, 07/13/15)
- The Twitterverse has spoken: Pluto is a planet (CBS News, 07/15/15)
And in an online coming with incoming “Late Show” horde Stephen Colbert this past week, Hayden Planetarium executive Neil deGrasse Tyson shielded that demotion:
Tyson: “It’s not even on my tie, OK? I’ve got Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune. That’s it!”
Colbert: “That’s a standard. If it’s not on a infrequent appendage owned by Neil deGrasse Tyson, it’s not value knowing. Forget it!”
Still, Neil deGrasse Tyson IS job Pluto “The King of a Kuiper Belt,” a rope of bizarre icy objects during a solar system’s distant reaches.
And it is deeper into that belt that a New Horizons booster is headed subsequent …
- Thrilled by Pluto mysteries, scientists wait some-more data (CBS News, 07/14/15)
- More to come from NASA examine promulgation ancestral Pluto images (CBS News, 07/16/15)
- GALLERY: Lowly Pluto astonishes