Pluto and Beyond…

Marc Buie, Pluto guru, has spent several years of computer time – or scrapings of time over several years – to process observations of Pluto done with the HST…

Unusually Rapid Changes on Pluto

…reported with panache, by Paul Gilster at Centauri Dreams and all over the web. Pluto has rather dramatic seasons it seems. And, c.14 July 2015 we’ll know a lot more as “New Horizons” flings past at very high speed, snapping at a resolution of ~100 metres (i.e. really HIGH.) While chasing this news item I ran into a very handy web-page…

New Horizons Real-Time Simulation

…which gives a live countdown to arrival and a count-up from Launch, plus positional data. A companion page is here…

Spacecraft Leaving Our Solar System

…with similar data for “Voyager” 1 & 2 and “Pioneer” 10 & 11 on display. Our first Interstellar probes, “Voyager” 1 & 2 are expected to be signalling until 2025 or so. Maybe 2027… the first 50 year Mission?

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