#July2015

Swoon: Pluto in “exaggerated” color is a gorgeous look at the Dwarf Planet

NASA *confirms* first near-Earth-size planet in “habitable zone”

Near-Earth-Sized-Planet

Pack your bags, it’s on! We’ve found ourselves a confirmed near-Earth-sized planet rocking out in the “habitable zone.” And it’s only a mere 1,400 light-years away!

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NASA’s New Horizons finds second futzing mountain range in Pluto’s “heart”

Stunning on Pluto Timez

NASA:

A newly discovered mountain range lies near the southwestern margin of Pluto’s Tombaugh Regio (Tombaugh Region), situated between bright, icy plains and dark, heavily-cratered terrain. This image was acquired by New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on July 14, 2015 from a distance of 48,000 miles (77,000 kilometers) and sent back to Earth on July 20. Features as small as a half-mile (1 kilometer) across are visible.

Pluto’s icy mountains have company. NASA’s New Horizons mission has discovered a new, apparently less lofty mountain range on the lower-left edge of Pluto’s best known feature, the bright, heart-shaped region named Tombaugh Regio (Tombaugh Region).

These newly-discovered frozen peaks are estimated to be one-half mile to one mile (1-1.5 kilometers) high, about the same height as the United States’ Appalachian Mountains. The Norgay Montes (Norgay Mountains) discovered by New Horizons on July 15 more closely approximate the height of the taller Rocky Mountains.

The new range is just west of the region within Pluto’s heart called Sputnik Planum (Sputnik Plain). The peaks lie some 68 miles (110 kilometers) northwest of Norgay Montes.

This newest image further illustrates the remarkably well-defined topography along the western edge of Tombaugh Regio.

“There is a pronounced difference in texture between the younger, frozen plains to the east and the dark, heavily-cratered terrain to the west,” said Jeff Moore, leader of the New Horizons Geology, Geophysics and Imaging Team (GGI) at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. “There’s a complex interaction going on between the bright and the dark materials that we’re still trying to understand.”

While Sputnik Planum is believed to be relatively young in geological terms – perhaps less than 100 million years old – the darker region probably dates back billions of years. Moore notes that the bright, sediment-like material appears to be filling in old craters (for example, the bright circular feature to the lower left of center).

This image was acquired by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on July 14 from a distance of 48,000 miles (77,000 kilometers) and sent back to Earth on July 20. Features as small as a half-mile (1 kilometer) across are visible. The names of features on Pluto have all been given on an informal basis by the New Horizons team.

Space Swoon: Image of Earth from One-Million Miles Away

Watch: NASA video lets you fly over Pluto’s futzing ice mountains

NASA publishes highest-resolution photo of Pluto ever, after New Horizons Fly-By

Goddamn Stunning.

The New Horizons probe fly-by of Pluto has yielded the highest-resolution photo of the Former Planet ever. And it’s goddamn stunning.

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Hubble captures galaxy with that classic spiral swagger

Cassini captures Saturn’s Warped D (Ring)

Spirals in the D!

Terrible title is terrible.

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NASA: We’re going to Europa, hunting for futzin’ alien life

Today was the first day of development for NASA’s mission to get us to Europa. Where we will find life. Giant, multi-tittied omnisexual telepathic beings, who will have no time for us monkeys and our cruelties.

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Hubble gives us a look at the densest part of the Milky Way

FUKKIN' CROWDED

Space is big! And mostly void! But here Hubble is giving us a glimpse into the densest, most dank point in the Milky Way Galaxy. The Arches Cluster.

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