What is fascinating about Pluto is how young its surface is. We
can see some canyons, planes, and mountains in this image - which is an
indication of a young surface. This image of Pluto was taken when the New Horizons spacecraft
was only 280,000 miles away from the surface. In the image you can see features as
small as 1.4 miles! Four images from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
were combined with color data from the Ralph instrument to create this
enhanced color global view.
A Blue Moon Halo over Antarctica : Have you ever seen a halo around the Moon? Such 22 degree rings around the Moon – caused by ice crystals falling in the Earth’s atmosphere – are somewhat rare. OK, but have you ever seen a blue moon? Given the modern definition of blue moon – the second full moon occurring in a calendar month – these are also rare. What is featured above might therefore be considered doubly rare – a halo surrounding a blue moon. The featured image was taken late last month near Zhongshan Station in Antarctica. Visible in the foreground are a power generating house and a snowmobile. What might seem to be stars in the background are actually illuminated snowflakes near the camera. via NASA
Hubble Sees a Mess of Stars : Bursts of pink and red, dark lanes of mottled cosmic dust, and a bright scattering of stars this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows part of a messy barred spiral galaxy known as NGC 428.