The best of the planets!
And a much better dog than Goofy- who is certainly not a planet, nor a dwarf.
NASA has released "the most detailed and dramatic images ever taken of the distant dwarf planet Pluto", captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, which reveal an "icy, mottled, dark molasses-colored world": Hubble views of Pluto. Pic: NASA NASA explains that Pluto's overall hue is "believed to be a result of ultraviolet …
Do these images look completely CRAP considering the supposed power of Hubble and length of time it has taken to create them..?
How is it that a telescope that can give us incredibly detailed images of objects that are thousands of light years away can only produce pictures 'a few pixels wide' of a body within our own solar system?! And take 20 computers 4 years to generate these blurred blotches!!!!!
But then I also thought, it's like seeing a building from a mile away. I can see Canary Wharf quite clearly from Tower Bridge. But I would probably struggle to see the detail of an ant on the pavement.
The majestic pictures that Hubble shows, and that you're used to, are pictures of objects that are hundreds of light years across.
welcome to our new dwarf, mottled, dark molasses-colored methane producing overloards (well it is a dwarf planet )
NASA explains: "Pluto has become significantly redder"; due to the support of readneck residents of Illinois.
NASA elaborates: "The Hubble images are a few pixels wide. But through a technique called dithering"
NASA have been dithering for years, but it serves them right they should have used the web safe pallete to avoid dithering effects....
I just get my coat......
Next up: So-called "scientists" re-name molasses on account of you can't have any in gaseous form on a -p-l-a-n-e-t- dwarf planet like Pluto is (since about two years ago) while everyone else wonders why we don't just go and have a look for ourselves close-up.
Oh wait, that's right. We spend so much time faffing about renaming stuff we don't have time to do any real science. Like actually getting out to some of the things whizzing around the sky.
It's not just Ilinois that does not accept the controversial IAU demotion of Pluto. Their decision was immediately opposed in a formal petition by hundreds of professional astronomers led by Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto. Stern and like-minded scientists favor a broader planet definition that includes any non-self-luminous spheroidal body in orbit around a star. The spherical part is important because objects become spherical when they attain a state known as hydrostatic equilibrium, meaning they are large enough for their own gravity to pull them into a round shape. This is a characteristic of planets and not of shapeless asteroids and Kuiper Belt Objects. Pluto meets this criterion and is therefore a planet. At the very least, you should note that there is an ongoing debate rather than portraying one side as fact when it is only one interpretation of fact.
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