Pluto

Decoded: This is why Pluto's atmosphere is colder

Decoded: This is why Pluto's atmosphere is colder

The gas composition of a planet's atmosphere generally determines how much heat gets trapped in the atmosphere. 
 

Nov 16, 2017, 14:01 PM IST
New Horizons: Origins of Pluto's giant blades of ice decoded

New Horizons: Origins of Pluto's giant blades of ice decoded

They are one of the most puzzling feature types on Pluto, and it now appears the blades are related to Pluto’s complex climate and geological history.

Sep 27, 2017, 08:55 AM IST
NASA releases new maps of Pluto, Charon

NASA releases new maps of Pluto, Charon

On July 14, 2015, NASA`s New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight through the Pluto system - providing the first close-up images of Pluto and its moons and collecting other data that has transformed our understanding of these mysterious worlds on the solar system`s outer frontier.

Jul 15, 2017, 16:03 PM IST
Want to see how flying over Pluto's icy mountains and plains would look like? Let NASA show you! - Watch

Want to see how flying over Pluto's icy mountains and plains would look like? Let NASA show you! - Watch

In July 2015, NASA received the first close-up pictures of Pluto and its moons captured by New Horizons – amazing imagery that inspired many to wonder what a flight over the distant worlds’ icy terrain might be like.

Jul 15, 2017, 09:33 AM IST
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft halfway from Pluto to next flyby target

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft halfway from Pluto to next flyby target

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has travelled half the distance from Pluto and will continue on its path through the outer regions of the solar system.

Apr 04, 2017, 11:24 AM IST
Efforts being made to restore Pluto to planet club: Scientists

Efforts being made to restore Pluto to planet club: Scientists

Six scientists from institutions across the United States argued that Pluto deserves to be a full planet, along with some 110 other bodies in the solar system, including Earth's moon.

Mar 26, 2017, 09:40 AM IST
Pluto should regain its planet status: Experts

Pluto should regain its planet status: Experts

The definition approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 2006, demoted Pluto to "non-planet," dropping the number of planets in our solar system from nine to eight.

Mar 19, 2017, 12:48 PM IST
'Pluto a planet, and so are over 100 celestial bodies'

'Pluto a planet, and so are over 100 celestial bodies'

The definition approved by the International Astronomical Union in 2006 demoted Pluto to "non-planet," thus dropping the consensus number of planets in our solar system from nine to eight. 
 

Mar 18, 2017, 16:57 PM IST
This is what you call a 'colourful' landing on Pluto – Watch NASA video

This is what you call a 'colourful' landing on Pluto – Watch NASA video

The video offers a trip down onto the surface of Pluto - starting with a distant view of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon - and leading up to an eventual ride in for a "landing" on the shoreline of Pluto's informally named Sputnik Planitia.

Jan 21, 2017, 15:46 PM IST
Amazing NASA video offers a trip down onto the surface of Pluto - Watch

Amazing NASA video offers a trip down onto the surface of Pluto - Watch

The video offers a trip down onto the surface of Pluto - starting with a distant view of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon - and leading up to an eventual ride in for a "landing" on the shoreline of Pluto's informally named Sputnik Planitia.

Jan 20, 2017, 13:50 PM IST
Pluto's moon Charon comes to it's rescue, shields planet's atmosphere from decay!

Pluto's moon Charon comes to it's rescue, shields planet's atmosphere from decay!

The study has provided additional insight into this relationship and how it affects the continuous stripping of Pluto’s atmosphere by solar wind.

Jan 11, 2017, 23:41 PM IST
Not just Earth but Pluto too receives snowfall!

Not just Earth but Pluto too receives snowfall!

Penitentes are snow and ice features formed by erosion that, on the Earth, are characterised by bowl-shaped depressions with blade-like spires around the edge that rise up to several metres.

Jan 05, 2017, 15:53 PM IST
NASA's New Horizons transmits last bits of Pluto flyby data to Earth!

NASA's New Horizons transmits last bits of Pluto flyby data to Earth!

NASA says it was the last of the 50-plus total gigabits of Pluto system data transmitted to Earth by New Horizons over the past 15 months.

Oct 28, 2016, 10:35 AM IST
NASA's New Horizons spots cloud candidates on Pluto

NASA's New Horizons spots cloud candidates on Pluto

Scientists belonging to NASA's New Horizons mission claim to have spotted some clouds on Pluto after keenly looking at some images.

Oct 19, 2016, 15:06 PM IST
Pluto may have a 100km ocean under icy shell

Pluto may have a 100km ocean under icy shell

Pluto may contain an ocean spanning over 100 kilometres beneath its icy surface, with a salt content similar to that of the Dead Sea on Earth, a new study suggests. 

Sep 25, 2016, 13:56 PM IST
Where did Pluto get its 'icy heart' from? Puzzle solved!

Where did Pluto get its 'icy heart' from? Puzzle solved!

Now, scientists have managed to uncover the origin of the large heart-shaped nitrogen glacier on Pluto!

Sep 20, 2016, 14:16 PM IST
Mystery solved! Red patch on Pluto's largest moon Charon caused by trapped gas

Mystery solved! Red patch on Pluto's largest moon Charon caused by trapped gas

The US space agency NASA has released a high-resolution and enhanced color view of Pluto's largest moon, Charon which was captured by New Horizons spacecraft just before closest approach on July 14, 2015.

Sep 15, 2016, 00:04 AM IST
NASA's New Horizons postage stamp enters Guinness Book of World Records! - See pic

NASA's New Horizons postage stamp enters Guinness Book of World Records! - See pic

The stamp was cancelled last July when New Horizons flew past Pluto.

Jul 20, 2016, 14:18 PM IST
Check out - New Horizons’ top 10 discoveries at Pluto! (Watch video)

Check out - New Horizons’ top 10 discoveries at Pluto! (Watch video)

New Horizons, moving at speeds that would get it from New York to Los Angeles in about four minutes, pointing its cameras, spectrometers, and other sensors at the frozen world and its moons, captured hundreds of pictures and other science data that would forever change our view of the outer solar system.

Jul 15, 2016, 09:35 AM IST
'Super' Grand Canyon on Pluto's moon Charon

'Super' Grand Canyon on Pluto's moon Charon

The deep canyon named Argo Chasma is approximately 700 km long while Arizona's Grand Canyon is 450 km long.

Jun 24, 2016, 10:45 AM IST