Astronomy Picture of the Day
July 19, 2015

The 'White Heart' of Pluto
The 'White Heart' of Pluto

Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute and Dr Paolo C. Fienga/LXTT/IPF for the additional process. and color.

A beautiful image, obtained by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (or "LORRI", for short), located onboard the NASA - New Horizons Spacecraft, when the probe was about 0,8 Million KiloMeters away from the Target. This frame, in our humble opinion, needs no comments at all: we, as IPF, have named it "The White Heart" of Pluto. And that is it. For now, of course...

The image (which is an Original NASA - New Horizons Spacecraft's b/w and NON Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Mew Horizons LORRI Image Catalog with the ID n. lor_0299124574_0x632_sci_1) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, contrast enhanced and sharpened, Gamma corrected and then colorized (according to an educated guess carried out by Dr Paolo C. Fienga-LXTT-IPF) in Absolute Natural Colors (such as the colors that a normal human eye would actually perceive if someone were onboard the NASA - New Horizons Spacecraft and then looked ahead, towards the Dwarf-Planet Pluto), by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team.

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