Stunning Blue Haze Discovered Surrounding Pluto

Julia Mariani

The New Horizons mission reveals a stunning blue haze encompassing Pluto.  The particles-known as tholins- responsible for the interesting coloration are formed from various sunlight-initiated chemical reactions of methane and nitrogen. This coloration on Pluto tells us much about the particle composition of the planet’s upper atmosphere.  Like on Earth, […]

Back to School: An Astronomer’s Survival Guide to a Successful School Year

Julia Mariani

As the twilight of summer approaches, the shelves of office supply stores empty as families gather school gear, preseason begins for young athletes, and teachers prepare for their new students. For young astronomers, the prospect of school beginning not only shortens the habitual stargazing due to the constraint of a […]

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