Thursday, July 16, 2015

reprinted from NASA:

NASA's New Horizons interplanetary probe has been making its way to Pluto since January 19, 2006, and has been providing the world with the sharpest photos ever seen of our Solar System's most prominent "dwarf planet." Today, it made its closest approach to Pluto yet -- about 8,000 miles -- at around 07:49:57 EDT. 
Here's the photo they took -- which, despite traveling at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second), took four and a half hours to reach us here on Earth as it crossed the 3 billion miles between here and Pluto:

Size of Earth compared to Jupiter (source)


  1. What's a mere 3,000,000,000miles between friends? Hopefully Pluto is bigger than holding its planetary downgrade against all Earthlings...

  2. Refusing the downgrade Pluto is now self-identifying as a Planet. Good for it!

    Neat story - thanks for posting.

  3. Oh boy, Jupiter is huge! We are tiny next to that planet.

  4. I am enjoying seeing all of the Pluto pictures being sent back:) Have a blessed day, HUGS!