New images acquired by Jacob Aron of the New Scientist reveal what may be cloud formation on Pluto.
If these findings are confirmed, it will be considered a massively significant find for scientists world wide – this find would suggest that there is atmospheric activity taking place on Pluto.
The pictures were taken by New Horizons and they have not been publicly released as of yet. The appear to show what seem to be clumps of haze in the form of clouds. Researchers point to a few of these clumps in particular; a possible cloud seen in the bottom right corner of the image.
Currently, scientists aren’t exactly sure the make up of these clouds, but an upcoming paper from the journal Science will attempt to debunk the mystery.
New Scientist acquired the photos when John Spencer of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, sent an email to the team on March 1st with this message: “In the first image an extremely bright low altitude limb haze above south-east Sputnik on the left, and a discrete fuzzy cloud seen against the sunlit surface above Krun Macula (I think) on the right,”.
“The emails do not discuss what the clouds might be made of,” says New Scientist “They are likely to be of similar composition to the general atmosphere, which according to the team’s upcoming Science paper, consists of nitrogen, with traces of methane, acetylene, ethylene and ethane.”
We’re eagerly awaiting the upcoming story from the journal Science and will be sure to keep you updated with the following information.
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