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Blue skies and water ice on Pluto

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The first colour images of Pluto’s atmospheric hazes taken by NASA’s New Horizons probe reveal that the hazes are strikingly blue like the blue sky we see on Earth.A blue sky often results from scattering of sunlight by very small particles.The spacecraft has also detected numerous small, exposed regions of water ice on Pluto. The haze particles themselves are likely ...

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Charon Pluto’s moon reveals colourful, violent history

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When the pictures of Pluto’s moon were returned back by NASA’s Horizon it showcased a very colourful and violet history. Charon is the largest satellite relative to its planet in the solar system which is almost half the diameter of Pluto. Many New Horizons scientists expected Charon to be really different. The image the scientists had that it was a ...

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