Dwarf-planet Gazing

As you’ll see in the side notes, on Jul 12 we will see pictures from the new Webb Space Telescope for the first time. I respectfully suggest we haven’t dealt yet with the archive of data we have from earlier telescopes . . . and I think it matters.

Let me explain. In 2016, NASA published this video showing images of Pluto.Their website waxes eloquent about the former ninth planet.

Pluto – which is smaller than Earth’s Moon – has a heart-shaped glacier that’s the size of Texas and Oklahoma. This fascinating world has blue skies, spinning moons, mountains as high as the Rockies, and it snows – but the snow is red.

This week I saw this colour-enhanced photo.

Before we do *anything* else, and dwarf planet or no, I think we need an answer to this question: WHO MADE THAT FOOTPRINT?

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10 Responses to Dwarf-planet Gazing

  1. Tom Watson says:

    Wow! When one star-gazes it’s amazing what one sees!

  2. Jim Taylor says:

    Oh, come now! Isn’t it obvious that walking through the universe is a lot easier — and more efficient — than building all these pathetic flying machines to get through “empty” space?

    Jim T

  3. Hmmm? The man in the moon? When he can’t be seen from earth.

  4. John Whitman says:

    Isabel – I guess it is definitely an ‘off’ day for me as I can’t seem to find the footprint. Perhaps that’s because I just read the following article about the possibility, or lack thereof, of intelligent life in the universe.

    • Jim Taylor says:

      Well that certainly puts a new twist on the “I’m Okay You’re Okay” fad of the 1970s. I’m an accident; you’re an accident; and we’re both unlikely/improbable/impossible.

      But we’re here. Maybe Peggy Lee was right: “Let’s break out the booze, and have a ball…”

      Jim T

      • Isabel Gibson says:

        Jim T – 🙂 I suspect C.S. Lewis wouldn’t have agreed about the accidental nature of our presence here — and the more unlikely, the better he’d find the case for a divine driver.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      John – 🙂 I’ll draw a line around it.

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