Nasa is delighting astronomy-lovers with new high-resolution colour images of Pluto. These photographs, taken from Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft, show a ripple, ‘snakeskin’ surface of the distant planet.
The colour, though, is what is more astonishing. According to the scientists, planet’s rich pallet of colours includes pale blues, yellows, oranges and deep reds.
A close-up of a couple of ice mountains was also issued and Pluto’s bizarre geological features are leaving the scientist perplexed.
‘It looks more like tree bark or dragon scales than geology. This’ll really take time to figure out; maybe it’s some combination of internal tectonic forces and ice sublimation driven by Pluto’s faint sunlight’, said William McKinnon, New Horizons Geology, Geophysics and Imaging (GGI) team deputy lead from Washington University in St. Louis.
The American space agency recently released a video explaining the phenomenon of the supermoon eclipse, which occurred on the day that the full moon was as its closest point to the Earth.