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Nothing But Blue Skies Over Pluto

IMAGE: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

By Miriam Kramer, Mashable, SouthFloridaReporter.com, Oct. 9, 2015 – Pluto’s skies are blue, NASA researchers declared Thursday.

This signals yet another surprising find from NASA’s groundbreaking New Horizons mission, which culminated in the closest-ever look at the distant dwarf planet in July.

A newly-released image taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft shows the dwarf planet’s blue hazes shining against the blackness of space. According to NASA, the new photo was processed to closely resemble the colors a person would see if looking at Pluto from that same angle.

If you were to stand on Pluto during sunrise and sunset, you would probably see a blue sunrise or sunset from the surface, New Horizons scientist Carly Howett told Mashable via email, but it might not be quite so easy to see the blue tint during the day on Pluto.