Pluto’s dark side reveals clues to its atmosphere and frost cycles
Planetary scientists used light from Pluto’s moon Charon to illuminate the shadows
Pluto’s dark side has come into dim view, thanks to the light of the dwarf planet’s moon.
When NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto in 2015, almost all the images of the dwarf
the dwarf planet’s unexpectedly complex surface were of the side illuminated by the sun (SN: 7/15/15).
Darkness shrouded the dwarf planet’s other hemisphere. Some of it, like the area near the south pole, hadn’t seen
Now, mission scientists have finally released a grainy view of the dwarf planet’s dark side
The researchers describe the process to take the photo and what it tells them about how Pluto’