Pluto Blue Skies

Similar to Earth, Pluto also has blue skies and patches of frozen water, according to the latest data out Thursday from NASA’s unmanned New Horizons probe. This frigid region of the solar system beyond Neptune that is home to many comets and asteroids was observed for the first time, in such detail. Along with the announcement, NASA released an image showing a blue haze around Pluto, taken by the New Horizons spacecraft’s camera. Blue skies are seen on Earth because of the scattering of sunlight by very small particles of nitrogen. Continue reading for another video and more information.

“NASA said the “second significant finding” from New Horizons’ latest trove of data is that there are numerous small, exposed regions of frozen water on Pluto. Using a tool called a spectral composition mapper on New Horizons, scientists have been able to map the signatures of water ice on various parts of the planet’s surface,” reports Yahoo.