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NASA Announces That Pluto Has Blue Skies & Frozen Water

Published on October 10, 2015 by   ·   No Comments



NASA announced on Thursday that Pluto, the most distant planet from the Sun in our solar system, has blue skies and patches of frozen water.

The New Horizons craft has sent back colour images of the haze that surrounds the planet for the first time

Senior planetary scientist Dr Alan Stern said “Who would have expected a blue sky in the Kuiper Belt? It’s gorgeous”

Press TV reports:

Pluto is located in the far-away Kuiper Belt, a freezing region of the solar system beyond planet Neptune that is home to many comets and asteroids. The planet has never been observed so closely in such detail.

Blue skies are seen on Earth because of the reflection of sunlight by very small particles of nitrogen.

“On Pluto they appear to be larger — but still relatively small — soot-like particles we call tholins,” science team researcher Carly Howett said.

NASA said that the “second significant finding” from New Horizons’ latest trove of data is that there are numerous regions of frozen water on Pluto.

“Large expanses of Pluto don’t show exposed water ice,” said Jason Cook of SwRI, another science team member, adding, “Because it’s apparently masked by other, more volatile ices across most of the planet.”

“Understanding why water appears exactly where it does, and not in other places, is a challenge that we are digging into,” Cook stated.

Areas that seem to contain the most ice appear bright red in recent color images of Pluto, just like the first color picture of the dwarf planet showed it is red.

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