Blue sky and red ice at Pluto found by NASA

By Nishant

Pluto is one of the most interesting dwarfs planets in our vicinity of our solar system. 85 years ago this planet was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh. Twelve years ago we started debating if Pluto was a planet. NASA has released a spacecraft named New Horizons in 2006 to discover more things about our solar system and beyond. A week ago New Horizons had its first glimpse of the four new tiny satellites: Hydra, Nix, Styx, and Kerberos. By accident New Horizons have found something astounding and mind-blowing.

     During the historic “flyby” of Pluto, it saw a blue atmospheric haze around the planet and sent down pictures of the amazing situation. Scientists believe that the atmosphere is actually not blue it is made up of red and gray particles but they somehow scatter the blue light. How? That is what scientists are so exhilarated about; this plutoid is on the fringes of the Kuiper Belt. Who would have expected that a blue sky is produced?

   According to NASA scientists, the blue tint could actually tell us what the plutoid’s surrounding might be made out of, as different chemicals emit different lights and substances. Pluto’s haze seems to be related to one of Saturn’s biggest moons, Titan’s haze, which could mean that there is a similarity between the two distant geographic locations. According to NASA this could be the interaction between the
particles of the planet and the surroundings. Another gawking thing to know about Pluto is that on Thursday, October 8
th 2015 NASA had found out about ice patches, but something interesting is that they appear in no logical or mathematical reasoning, they appear in random places. Scientists are even more interest because the so called “ice patches” are mysteriously, red.Today, New Horizons spacecraft is 63 million miles away from Pluto and is controlled by John Hopkins University in Maryland for NASA to discover new and interesting things about our huge known and unknown universe.

 

Dunn, Marcia. “Blue Sky and Red Ice at Pluto, NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Discovers during Flyby.” The Globe and Mail. The Globe and Mail, 9 Oct. 2015. Web. 11 Oct. 2015.

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