Pluto’s Weird Atmosphere Just Collapsed

Maria J. Danford

Pluto's northern hemisphere

Resource: NASA/Johns Hopkins College Utilized Physics Laboratory/Southwest Study Institute/Alex Parker

Pluto’s atmosphere is really hard to notice from Earth. It can only be analyzed when Pluto
passes in entrance of a distant star, permitting astronomers to see the outcome the
atmosphere has on starlight.  When this transpired in 2016, it confirmed that Pluto’s atmosphere was developing, a trend that astronomers experienced observed due to the fact 1988, when they noticed it for the very first time.  

Now all that has modified– Pluto’s atmosphere appears to have collapsed. The most
modern occultation in July very last year was observed by Ko

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