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New Horizons Pluto System Final Approach, 28 Jun-13 Jul 15
0101Morpheus
post Jul 11 2015, 10:55 PM
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Oh, I am sure NH will spot smaller details on the other hemisphere. But it seems to lack the large scale chaos terrain this hemisphere does.

And that is the dynamic stuff the public likes. Why else are textbooks full of photos of Venus in Infrared?
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post Jul 11 2015, 10:56 PM
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I'm very looking forward to seeing high resolution views of the brightest region.
I still cannot figure that out.
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post Jul 11 2015, 11:01 PM
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HOLY COW!!!!!
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post Jul 11 2015, 11:06 PM
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I suspect that the other side may be as chaotic as this one, but for the key difference that the other side has some bright-on-bright features north of the Whale that are quite similar to the bright-on-dark features we see here, and bright-on-bright doesn't pop out so clearly to the eye.
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post Jul 11 2015, 11:08 PM
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Pluto is now (only just) the brightest object in New Horizon's sky. It just overtook Sirius in terms of brightness.
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0101Morpheus
post Jul 11 2015, 11:20 PM
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It is interesting that Pluto seems to be two faced like our moon. The chaos terrain mostly occupies the hemisphere facing Charon.

For anyone who hasn't seen it yet. New Horizons will be mostly imaging the far side at closest approach. The media seems calling this hemisphere the "far side" instead of the near side because of New Horizon's trajectory. They need to use the right definitions!
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post Jul 11 2015, 11:27 PM
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QUOTE (0101Morpheus @ Jul 12 2015, 12:55 AM) *
Oh, I am sure NH will spot smaller details on the other hemisphere. But it seems to lack the large scale chaos terrain this hemisphere does.

And that is the dynamic stuff the public likes. Why else are textbooks full of photos of Venus in Infrared?


My argument was basically that the resolution was probably too low for such terrain (should it exist there) to be visible when we imaged the closest-approach hemisphere. smile.gif


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post Jul 11 2015, 11:31 PM
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Only 3 million km now.

That latest image, wow! The terrain looks so different from anything we've seen before. The only thing we can say for sure is that the north pole is smooth (mottled?). A thin layer of frost or modified terrain similar to Mars? I can't wait!
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post Jul 11 2015, 11:52 PM
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Four days of Pluto:

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post Jul 12 2015, 12:02 AM
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My version of four views of Pluto.

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post Jul 12 2015, 12:17 AM
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ADMIN Note: Moved some posts to the NH Funnies and Other Stuff thread. Let's do our best to stay on topic and/or post to the appropriate thread please. smile.gif
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post Jul 12 2015, 12:22 AM
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Those faces of Pluto make me wonder about the regions of Triton Voyager couldn't image.
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post Jul 12 2015, 12:25 AM
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We should still get a good look at angular terrain (T shaped intersection) at the SW edge of the Heart (E edge of Whale) at pretty high resolution. This seems like a reasonable analogue on a smaller scale to the chaotic 4 dark spots we see today.


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post Jul 12 2015, 12:59 AM
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New image of Charon from 11.7.2015 (4:10:35 UTC).
It's only one image so I applied few denoising functions to (at least partially) remove compression artifacts.
Result is 3 enlarged.
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post Jul 12 2015, 01:00 AM
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Are these the best shots we'll get of this hemisphere (dark spots), or will the shots taken as it departs the Pluto encounter be better?
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