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Psychedelic Pluto highlights dwarf planet’s many regions

New Horizons scientists have made this false colour image of Pluto using a technique called principal component analysis to highlight the many subtle colour differences between Pluto’s distinct regions.

The image data were collected by the spacecraft’s Ralph/MVIC colour camera from a range of 35,000 kilometres and was presented by Will Grundy of the New Horizons’ surface composition team at the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Bill Condie

Bill Condie

Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.

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