Artist’s concept of New Horizons as it reaches Pluto.
Dan Durda, SwRI


New Horizons will spend most of 2015 training its package of seven imagers, spectrometers, and in situ plasma instruments on the Pluto system.

When will New Horizons have better views of Pluto than Hubble does?

Posted By Emily Lakdawalla

2013/02/18 04:22 CST

Topics: explaining science, trans-neptunian objects, Pluto, dwarf planets beyond Neptune, New Horizons, Hubble Space Telescope

Last week, I posted an explainer on why Hubble’s images of galaxies show so much more detail than its images of Pluto. In brief, it’s because galaxies can appear a lot bigger in the sky than Pluto does; the one I used in my example spans a bit of sky a thousand times wider than the disk of Pluto. Then I set you all a homework problem: when will New Horizons be able to see Pluto better than Hubble does?

Read more: When will New Horizons have better views of Pluto than Hubble does? | The Planetary Society.

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