Photos of the Sun

Pluto surface. Uranus, Neptune and Pluto

Pluto surface. Uranus, Neptune and Pluto

This is the artistic recreation of the first surface map of the most remote planet in the solar system, Pluto (now considered a dwarf planet). It has been created from the images obtained by Hubble and confirms that Pluto has a dark equatorial belt and light polar caps, as deduced from the light curves obtained from the earth's surface during the mutual eclipses between Pluto and Charon at the end from the 80s.

The brightness variations on this map could be due to topographic features such as fresh basins and impact craters. However, most of the surface features are probably produced by a complex distribution of the ice that migrates through the surface of Pluto with its orbital and seasonal cycles and chemical by-products precipitated from Pluto's atmosphere composed of nitrogen and methane.

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