Feb 5 2010You Silly 'Lil Dwarf: Detailed Images Of Pluto

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Remember when Pluto was a planet? Me neither, I drink too much. And, I don't know if we can really trust anything NASA tells us anymore, but these are allegedly the most detailed images of Pluto ever taken. As you can see, we still have a long ways to go.

NASA today released the most detailed set of images ever taken of the distant dwarf planet Pluto. The images taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show an icy and dark molasses-colored, mottled world that is undergoing seasonal changes in its surface color and brightness. Pluto has become significantly redder, while its illuminated northern hemisphere is getting brighter. These changes are most likely consequences of surface ices sublimating on the sunlit pole and then refreezing on the other pole as the dwarf planet heads into the next phase of its 248-year-long seasonal cycle. The dramatic change in color apparently took place in a two-year period, from 2000 to 2002.

Jesus, a two-year period? Somebody rocket that dwarf planet some sanitary napkins!


New Hubble Maps of Pluto Show Surface Changes
[nasa]
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Most Detailed View of Pluto to Date [gizmodo]

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Pluto ain't no planet and it needs to stop trying to be one... give it up! I'm no super model, but you don't see the internet up in rage over the fact. They're probably grateful if anything, I'd make a horrible super model.

Long live the robots.

That's no moon... and according to NASA, that's no planet either...

You failed to read "248-year-long seasonal cycle" which is waaay longer than two years. And that's probably why it's becoming redder. And you ladies thought you had it bad. Weird thing is I thought Mickey Mouse's dog was a male. This is shocking, and somewhat disturbing because I do believe having seen some episodes where Pluto was in love with a female french poodle. Unless... sex change operation?

Also, those pictures are crappy. C'mon Hubble, I thought you produced high quality images. I mean, how do I know that's not someone's backyard completely out of focus. And where's the redder part? It looks dark and yellow to me, which makes me believe it really is Disney's Pluto.

A two-year period indeed...

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cough*bullshit*cough They can get better. Know how I know? It's a little thing called SCIENCE. Plus, the 150 picture looks like Africa. I call shenannnnnnnaanannanananananigans!

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Dude, those aren't seasonal changes. Pluto is turning red because he got downgraded and HE IS PISSED!

On other news, the 2012 thing? Pluto will smash into the earth for revenge.

that looks like the cat that i used to have on a mat with a hat!

It's actually one of God's lost marbles...

at least we have good pictures of uranus... BOOM! 1ST URANUS JOKE!

"The dramatic change in color apparently took place in a two-year period, from 2000 to 2002."

Sounds like a two year period to me.

What changes? Those pictures just look like it's rotating is all.

these are detailed?!?

i thought the hubble could take pictures of nebula and stuff, this looks like worse than any camera i have ever seen??

Yeah, about 9 more years to go, in fact when that satelite launched they were supposed to take photo's of Jupiter.

Dear Pluto,
You will always be a planet in my heart. I still love you even if you have 2 year periods. That just means we can have dirty unprotected sex...... for 2 years straight! Ya, I know, awesome.

In other related news, what do the USS Enterprise and toilet paper have in common??!!??! THEY BOTH FLY AROUND URANUS WIPING OUT KLINGONS!! HAHAHAHA! See that??!! I know none of you have ever heard that before!! HA!! BOOM! 2ND URANUS JOKE!!

*sigh* When the word period comes up do you always have to make a menstruation joke GW?

hey pluto. you better quit drinking buddy. you blurry...
ha! first drunk joke!

@15 THE funniest comment =)

Hey, it looks like it's made of gold. Does that mean anything?

great pix nasa -- looks like pix from someone's colonoscopy.

I'd fuck pluto

R.I.P. Blastphemer?

Maybe it's just my monitor, but I don't notice a heck of a lot of difference in the images :(

Never go to Pluto.
It's a Mickey Mouse planet.
Nanoo nanoo!

Pluto is pretty much a poor-man's Mars

if pluto is black and gold, it's officially claimed by pittsburgh!

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