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The natural world. Looking pretty for 3.5b years.

Rainbow Pluto

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, November 14, 2015/Categories: natural history, photography, art and design

Researchers with the New Horizons team created a false-color/infrared composite image of Pluto. It looks like a light-show at a psychedelic rock concert.

The researchers used principal component analysis, a technique that allows prime elements in a large data set to be highlighted. The subtle color differences between Pluto's distinct regions appeared clearly defined.


         
                                     Pluto in False-color infrared composite  (credit: New Horizons)

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