Pluto High Res / Новые снимки Плутона

Posted: 2017-04-10
Written by: EU Network
Category: Europe
Tagged: солнечная система плутон космос the sol space pluto

23 марта 2017-го года космический корабль NASA - New Horizons, он же Новые горизонты передал на Землю самые лучшие цветные снимки Плутона.

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Вот как пишут об изображении эксперты из NASA: "The image is dominated by spectacular layers of blue haze in Pluto's atmosphere. Scientists believe the haze is a photochemical smog resulting from the action of sunlight on methane and other molecules in Pluto's atmosphere, producing a complex mixture of hydrocarbons such as acetylene and ethylene. These hydrocarbons accumulate into small haze particles, a fraction of a micrometer in size, which preferentially scatter blue sunlight – the same process that can make haze appear bluish on Earth.

As they settle down through the atmosphere, the haze particles form numerous intricate, horizontal layers, some extending for hundreds of miles around large portions of the limb of Pluto. The haze layers extend to altitudes of over 120 miles (200 kilometers). Pluto's circumference is 4,667 miles (7,466 kilometers).

Adding to the beauty of this picture are mountains and other topographic features on Pluto's surface that are silhouetted against the haze near the top of the image."


Авторы: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute


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