Category Archives: New and Noteworthy

Views of Pluto Through the Years

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An animation has been created that shows the many observations of Pluto over the course of several decades, including a digital zoom-in on Pluto as it appeared upon its discovery by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 (image courtesy Lowell Observatory Archives), various views of Pluto as seen by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope beginning in the 1990s, and NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft in 2015. The final sequence zooms in to a close-up frame of Pluto released yesterday.

Pluto Toolkit

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is fast approaching its close-up flyby of dwarf planet Pluto, 4.67 billion miles from Earth. The closest approach will occur today, July 14. The resources of the Pluto Toolkit will help you make the most out of this historic event, humankind’s first close up view of this cold, unexplored world in our solar system.

Supercomputer Shows How an Exoplanet Makes Waves

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A new NASA supercomputer simulation shows how an exoplanet makes waves. The simulation of the planet and debris disk around the nearby star Beta Pictoris reveals that the planet’s motion drives spiral waves throughout the disk, a phenomenon that greatly increases collisions among the orbiting debris. Patterns in the collisions and the resulting dust appear to account for many observed features that previous research has been unable to fully explain.