We Can See the Color of the Sky in the Newest Pluto Pictures—and It's Stunning



We have recently got a full-color sight of Pluto’s skies—and they look shockingly familiar. NASA just released its first color image of those planetary hazes they’ve been so questioning about. And, it turns out that, just exactly like Earth, Pluto has some perky blue skies bending overhead. Blue skies of Earth and the blue skies of Pluto certainly have some resemblances—but there are also, obviously, some really alien differences: “A blue sky often results from scattering of sunlight by very small particles.” said science group researcher Carly Howett, also of SwRI “That striking blue tint tells us about the size and composition of the haze particles. On Earth, those particles are very tiny nitrogen molecules. On Pluto they appear to be larger — but still relatively small — soot-like particles we call tholins.”
Image Credit : NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI






In the meantime, there’s another odd thing researchers found in this latest batch of photos (as shown below). Pretty outstanding, no? Mostly that big red spot in the lower left corner. Well scientists point a lot of Pluto’s red color to tholin particles, which shrink and get covered in frost before falling back down to Pluto’s surface. And it’s that giant red stain above that is precisely where they found water in the form of ice. Just why the ice is red rests a mystery, however—for now.
Image Credit : NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

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