New Color Images Reveal Two Distinct Faces of Pluto

New color images from New Horizons spacecraft, which will fly by Pluto already on 14th July, show two very different faces of the distant dwarf planet, one with a series of intriguing spots along the equator that are evenly spaced.
Scientists have yet to see anything quite like the dark spots; their presence has piqued the interest of the New Horizons science team, due to the remarkable consistency in their spacing and size. While the origin of the spots is a mystery for now, the answer may be revealed as the spacecraft continues its approach to Pluto. Tune in!

image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

The Vela supernova remnant 

This imager captured the Vela supernova remnant from the Kalahari Desert in Namibia. The remnant is the expanding gas from the outer layers of a star that exploded some 11,000 years ago. (8-inch Officina Stellare Veloce RH Riccardi-Honders reflector, SBIG STL-11000M CCD camera, Hydrogen-alpha/Oxygen-III/Sulfur-II/RGB image with exposures of 290, 60, 40, 100, 100, and 110 minutes, respectively)

Credit: Harel Boren from Givat Shmuel, Israel 

Galileo, by looking through a telescope, doing some drawings and thinking about what he saw, helped to undermine centuries of autocratic idiocy and woolly thinking. In doing so, he got himself locked up – but he also bridged the gap between Copernicus and Kepler, and paved the way for Isaac Newton and ultimately Albert Einstein to construct a complete description of the universe and our place within it.
—  Brian Cox, Human Universe