Beautiful New Image of Pluto’s Moon Charon

The New Horizons mission never ceases to amaze me. The most recent release from NASA about the mission is a full colour full globe view of Charon, Pluto’s largest moon. What you’ll see is a massive canyon down the middle, a red polar region, and what fascinates me is the horizon. It’s not at all smooth, but it shows how varied the surface is. Take a look.

High detail image of Charon in full colour.  Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI
High detail image of Charon in full colour. Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

If that isn’t enough, check out this image of Pluto and Charon together in full colour. Just look at how much red there is. Incredible!

Beautiful full colour image of Pluto and Charon. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI
Beautiful full colour image of Pluto and Charon. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

You can view the full images at the NASA story that I linked to above. However, these are pretty big images, so sorry if they take a while to load.

But they are amazing, aren’t they? It’s going to take a long time until we understand what’s going on there. How did they come to look like that? What processes were involved? And it seems that Pluto is likely to still be active. With so many more months of images and data to come in, we’re just going to have to settle for months of incredible views of Pluto and Charon.

What do you think of the latest images?

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6 thoughts on “Beautiful New Image of Pluto’s Moon Charon”

    1. It’s kind of surreal, if you ask me. I grew up knowing about Pluto, yet never knowing what it looked like. It’s kind of strange knowing exactly what it looks like now. And Ceres and Vesta, too. What we need now is a more thorough exploration of Uranus and Neptune and their moons.

  1. The pictures coming in are simply awesome. At the very least they tell us there is a story here in the Pluto system – probably a violent one involving collisions – waiting to be unravelled

  2. And I just heard that the bright spots on Ceres are actually huge salt deposits. Also there’s a possibility there’s more freshwater (under the surface) on Ceres than there is on Earth. Stunning pictures, too!

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