A composite of enhanced color images of Pluto (lower right) and Charon (upper left), taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft as it passed through the Pluto system on July 14, 2015.
NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Week in Geek - Move over Pluto edition

Hopefully you’ve all seen the amazing new images of Pluto taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, but based on these new images of Charon, I think Pluto needs to share the celestial stage.

Step 1: Go check out these new images (Pluto and Charon, Charon alone). Step 2: Enlarge them to full resolution and explore. Step 3: Drop your jaw in awe.

NASA's New Horizons captured this high-resolution enhanced color view of Charon just before closest approach on July 14, 2015.

Charon looks like half its surface has been chipped off, like a damaged Gobstopper or Jawbreaker. Some process or other is responsible for the strikingly different terrain in one hemisphere versus another and WE HAVE NO IDEA what it is. Well, we have some theories, including ice volcanoes. The outer solar system is truly a different beast.

Step 4: Fly over Charon’s ginormous canyon and ponder on what we might discover next.

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@Summer_Ash, In-house Astrophysicist


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Week in Geek - Move over Pluto edition