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Pale blue dot number 2?

blue_skies_on_pluto-final-2Shocking news from the outer limits of space..

As though we couldn't be more shocked by Pluto, we are. The news this time: The distant non planet planet dwarf planet has skies and icecaps that are similar to earth itself..

NASA's own website showcased the amazing photos beamed back to planet Earth by NEW HORIZONS.  In the attached article, NASA writes,
“Who would have expected a blue sky in the Kuiper Belt? It’s gorgeous,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Boulder, Colorado.

The haze particles themselves are likely gray or red, but the way they scatter blue light has gotten the attention of the New Horizons science team. “That striking blue tint tells us about the size and composition of the haze particles,” said science team researcher Carly Howett, also of SwRI. “A blue sky often results from scattering of sunlight by very small particles. On Earth, those particles are very tiny nitrogen molecules. On Pluto they appear to be larger — but still relatively small — soot-like particles we call tholins.”

Blue skies.
Barfy burgers.

Water isn't as limited as we once thought.

While many have said water is either flowing or frozen on Mars, NASA finally came out this month at a press conference to confirm what many others believed for decades: Water flows on Mars.

This new information about Pluto gives rise to places like Saturn's moon Titan. It also gives hope that other planets close to us (close in space miles) may have the building blocks of life.

We don't much know anything. Do we?
But while we learn how little we know, we open the door to something amazing with each new discovery of flowing water..




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