Remarkable pictures of Pluto as well as its moon Charon are being transmitted by New Horizons of NASA even though they are not very clear and are fussy. Even though the clarity of the pictures is not good, unprecedented views are offered of the unexplored icy world through which 2 distinct colors of Pluto and Charon are revealed. (Watch the video below)
As per Lisa Hardaway, the manager of Ball Aerospace, Camera Manufacturer of New Horizons, scientists expect that Pluto and Charon are made up of the same material, but after seeing them, it doesn’t appear to be so.
Before images were obtained from Charon and Pluto, Scientists already knew that some differences would definitely be there in the color as they believed that Charon was remnant from Space Debris and is similar to the Earth’s moon. However, one side of Charon’s face is locked permanently to Pluto, its parent body. This is also termed as tidal locking. However, rising or setting of Charon isn’t seen yet as it is pinned permanently on the horizon of Pluto.
Similar to Uranus, even Charon and Pluto rotate round the sun and when they are on their sides, an evidence of destructive impact is seen. Finally, New Horizons would also know whether the atmosphere of Pluto is being sucked by Charon. As per Alan Stern, the lead researcher of New Horizons, it is shown in Colorado computer models that the atmosphere of Pluto has escaping particles that pass the Orbit of Charon too.
Stern also adds that the gravitational forces of Charon can pull some atmospheric gas into Charon’s orbit so that second atmosphere can be created. This would be the first time in a solar system that the same atmosphere is shared by 2 bodies.
Latest images reveal some dark and distinct area in the north polar region of Charon. Light and dark patches are seen on both Charon and Pluto’s surface which shows a proof of landscape diversity.
After 10 years, on the 14th of July, New Horizons would be on closest approach to Pluto wherein more information can be obtained by the scientists about the surface through infrared light.
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