Watch an Amazing Simulation of the Pluto Flyby

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 - 4:05PM
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Tuesday, 18 August 2015 - 4:05PM
Watch an Amazing Simulation of the Pluto Flyby
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The world was mesmerized when New Horizons sent back the first gorgeous images of Pluto's surface after the historic flyby on July 14, but unfortunately, NASA has not released a video. For all we know, there is no video footage of the closest approach. But now, we at least have a substitute, as Vimeo user Bjorn Jonsson has created an impressively seamless animation of the Pluto flyby, made from a compilation of New Horizons photos:



According to Jonsson, the video represents New Horizons's approach on July 14 from 9:35am to 1:35pm, with the closest approach (7,750 miles from the surface) occurring at approximately 11:50am. He also clarifies that he enhanced the illumination of Pluto's night side; while Pluto's moon Charon would provide some light, it generally wouldn't be visible.

The video almost looks like it could be a real video, as though we're seeing a sped up version of footage from a New Horizons camera. And between the now-iconic heart-shaped plain on the face of Pluto and the perfectly circular eclipse at the end, it looks like the introduction to a television show, as if the eclipse were about to become an "o" in "Heroes Reborn."

Jonsson also posted the first rotational video of Pluto shortly after the flyby:



Via Business Insider.
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