Charon in 'Plutoshine'

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Charon in 'Plutoshine'
Release Date: January 19, 2017
Keywords: Charon, MVIC, Ralph
This beautiful image obtained with the Ralph/Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera aboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft shows the night side of Pluto's large, Texas-sized moon Charon, against a star field, lit by faint, reflected light from Pluto itself. The bright crescent on Charon's right side is a sliver of sunlit terrain; it is overexposed. New Horizons was already about 100,000 miles (150,000 kilometers) beyond Pluto when the image was taken on July 15, 2015.

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
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