Hey Space Bloggers, you figured it out! I didn’t doubt you for a light second!
Remember how I said that we have to wait until 2015 to get a close up picture of Pluto. Well, we do, but… Even though it’s nearly 6 BILLION (that’s 6,000,000,000!) miles from Earth, our intrepid space telescope Hubble took these amazing, if a bit fuzzy, pictures of Pluto.
See those molasses colored splotches? No one knows what they are yet, but naturally scientists have some ideas. They’re hoping to find out that and lots more when New Horizons (you guessed it!) gets there in 2015.
And some great news for Pluto fans. Even though it was kicked out of the planet club in 2006, Pluto has a whole new class of celestial bodies named after it. Dwarf planets out past the orbit of Neptune are now called plutoids. Way to go, Pluto!
If you have more to say about Pluto – questions, answers, interesting facts – click on ‘Leave a Comment’ below. Meanwhile, have a great weekend and get ready…
Monday morning we blast off for Destination Three!