New Horizons Probe Provides First Close-up Look at Pluto

Jul 14, 2015

  Pluto has fascinated astronomers and science-fiction writers since its discovery in 1930. And today, after traveling nine years and more than three billion miles, the New Horizons space probe is providing us with the our first close-up look at Pluto and its nearest moon, Charon. 

After a nine-year journey, the New Horizon probe passes within 6,200 miles of Pluto’s surface today.

Here to give us some background on Pluto, and discuss the importance of the New Horizon mission and what scientists hope to learn from it, is Cincinnati Observatory Assistant Director and Outreach Astronomer Dean Regas.

The Cincinnati Observatory is holding a special  Pluto program this evening from 8:00 until 10:00 pm. For more information click here.