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Pluto isn't blue

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Reckless, Jul 14, 2015.

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  1. Reckless

    Reckless Won't take the easy road

    Jan 11, 2013
    no, I don't mean disney's dawggg

    *Le gasp* Given how historic today has been, I'm shocked to see that no-one has made a topic about our solar system's demoted planet (yess it's a dwarf planet shhhh), dear old Pluto. As of 7.30am, Eastern Standard time, the space probe New Horizons completed its 9-year long journey to reach Pluto, performing the closest ever fly-by of the outsed planet. With a slew of data and pictures bound to follow after a ping that will be transmitted to Earth at 9pm, EST time tonight to confirm if New Horizons did in fact pass by Pluto. Before that though, here is a juicy picture of that not-so-blue planet, captured by the starfaring probe;


    Kinda like Venus and Mars, huh?

    Today also happens to mark the 50th anniversary of Mariner 4's fly-by of Mars, so it's kinda fitting that we've reached the last 'planet' in our solar system on the same day.

    What do you think of this feat? Are you surprised that Pluto resembles other planets in our solar system? Are you excited to learn more about Pluto?

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  2. Pokeman


    Apr 18, 2015
    Oh, I would love to learn more about Pluto. The fact it's so distant, and that we know almost nothing about it, (except that it isn't blue) and I'm surprised New Horizons actually made it, since it's such an enormous length away. And, yeah, I'm surprised it resembles other planets, since I was anticipating it to be blue. xD
  3. AK2198

    AK2198 PKMN Breeder

    Sep 14, 2013
    Im more interested in what we discover on Europa because there is the possibility for life under the ice layer, also that mars colony looks interesting.
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  4. Kibbeh

    Kibbeh ☆ Star Warrior ☆

    Apr 15, 2015
    pluto isn't blue but Plato's purple amirite? because of his VIP? get it? oookay I'll leave now...

    A nine year journey? Oh my... that's so neat! Glad we could discover something more! Space is so vast, and such an interesting thing. I hope we may discover many more of its secrets it holds! :D
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  5. Azazel

    Azazel Better count your blessings

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    Level 8
    Jan 18, 2015
    It looks like a cookie.
    I'd love to learn more! It's also a terrestrial planet right? It probably is similar.
  6. LostSpirit

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    Level 21
    Aug 5, 2014
    Honestly, I thought this was super cool! I mean we waited 9 years for this! This is so crazy to see something we've never truly seen before! I'm really excited to see the closer flyby images to come of this beautiful planet we know as Pluto!
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  7. Eclipse

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    Apr 3, 2015
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    If you look really closely at the image, you will be able to see tracks from a set of tires, potentially from a school bus. Or maybe those are actually stretch marks and I'm overanalysing things.

    I must say I'm intrigued to see a picture of Pluto like this up close; I had never imagined it to be a bright brown, and rather had imagined it as a sort of light grey colour. Though, that may have been from artist's impressions of Pluto from my childhood - I can't say for sure.

    Though, now that we have photographs of Pluto, what is the next step? What use will this information give us? We might have more insights into the celestial bodies that so closely inhabit our nearby cosmic neighbourhood, but will these factoids amount only to being very interesting at parties or space trivia? Only time will tell, though I confess I'm rather skeptical about what this will accomplish, or stated another way, what the 'big deal' is.

    But I've always been fascinated with space, so no matter what the result may be I'm sure I'll be pleased with it.
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