This is pretty cool. Nasa has developed a web tool that allows you to see how bright it is on Pluto at noon. You punch in your location and then the tool will tell you what time of day will be a bright as Pluto’s noon. For example, today in London at 9.25pm GMT will match Pluto’s noon. Frankly I’m astonished at how bright it is there, given its distance from the Sun.
There’s a social media thing attached to it as well – #PlutoTime on Twitter, Facebook, etc with people uploading photographs taken at their local ‘Pluto time’.
EDIT: Just spotted that the tool says 9.25pm GMT – but it says that ‘based on your computer’s clock’ that is 15 hours and 11 minutes away – which is 9.25pm BST. The surrounding text adds that the ‘Pluto noon’ effect is a few minutes before sunrise or after sunset, so take the time reading as ‘local’ rather than GMT.
Nice but we wont really get a sense of pluto surface lighting if we are in or near cities and if our moon is up. I wonder how much Pluto’s moons shine on Pluto? I’m imaging sitting on a Pluto rock looking at five moons dancing around in the sky while snapping off icicles on my exposed frozen hairy skin.
Tej maybe you should keep your fantasies to yourself.
So, what the hell is this???
Paw marks? 😉
Good luck to the New Horizons! Anyone staying up to 1am+ for the first contact after closest flyby? I am assuming they will announce as they get it? We cant expect any new pics yet of course but this is a tense time while Horizons vigorously snaps and analyses Pluto and its moons. Incredible to think what the team is achieving there, remotely, 4.7 billion km away. What precision pre programming and maneuvering!
Loving the heart shape feature on Pluto btw…aah, what a loving welcome for its alien visitor!
In case anyone has missed them (can’t believe they have!)… some of the latest images from New Horizons can be found here:
Signs of geological activity… quite amazing!
I have been looking at the images downloaded so far. Some are blank so, I assume something was corrupted in the transmission. I hope they will retry.
As a boy, I remember scientists describing Pluto as a billiard ball with craters.
Their best guesses usually are not the best.
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