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SOFIA Finds Clues Hidden in Pluto’s Haze

12 May 2020, 18:00 UTC
SOFIA Finds Clues Hidden in Pluto’s Haze ESO/L. Calçada

When the New Horizons spacecraft passed by Pluto in 2015, one of the many fascinating features its images revealed was that this small, frigid world in the distant solar system has a hazy atmosphere. Now, new data helps explain how Pluto’s haze is formed from the faint light of the Sun 3.7 billion miles away as it moves through an unusual orbit.

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