No expense spared on astronomy graphics here, you’ll notice. (This is the Pluto-less hanging mobile that amuses my son every morning when he wakes up. At least I think it is supposed to represent our Solar system in some vague way… in any case, it is a very pleasant object to look at for both him and me.)

Just in case you’ve not been following the exciting news, let me remind you to look out for the new information arriving from the New Horizons mission to Pluto. tn-p_lorri_fullframe_color The craft has done its closest approach now, and later tonight will start sending the best of the images and other data about the Pluto system. A huge amount has been learned already in the days leading up to today, as you can get a sense of by looking here. Earlier today, the lovely image to the right (credit: NASA/APL/SwRI – click for larger view) was sent just before the final approach began and the craft went silent for some 21 hours or so.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the new material to arrive in a few hours! Following @NASANewHorizons on twitter is one way to stay up to date, and there are other links from the mission site too.


(BTW, yes, I am aware that the term in the title is more relevant to geology than to astronomy. I just liked the sound of it.)

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