The waning gibbous Moon passes Pluto in the night sky tonight; unfortunately, distant Pluto is too faint to be seen with anything but a fairly large telescope and, even then, it never appears as anything more than a star-like point.
Cast your eyes instead to NASA’s webpage for it’s New Horizons spacecraft at http://www.nasa.gov/newhorizons. This probe was launched in 2006 and is the first spacecraft to visit Pluto. It’s currently on it’s final approach to the dwarf planet and will fly past on July 14th. Keep your eyes peeled for exciting news and developments as the data comes flooding in!
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Image Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
04:12 UT – The waning gibbous Moon passes Pluto. (Pluto: magnitude 14.1. Sagittarius, pre-dawn sky.)
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