Proserpina Base here; The Penguin has landed.

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Laurence MacCaskill

A couple friends and I were talking about what the sun might look like from Pluto. The line from the ol' Three Dog Night song "Out in the Country" ran through my mind: "Before the breathing air is gone; before the sun is just a bright spot in the night sky" and I reached for a 3"x5" card and pencil and started doodling. It sort of got out of hand ... Charon, Pluto's largest moon is a crecent in the sky and several recently discovered smaller moons decorate it's noonday sky for the crew of a recently landed Space Patrol scoutship. Pluto's hugely eccentric orbit presently carries it even further from the sun and the fractions of it's atmosphere like ammonia and nitrogen that had warmed enough to sublime or melt, forming a short-lived 'summer-time' atmosphere during Pluto's brief sojourn inside Neptune's orbit, are refreezing. Temperature changes causing minor seismic events and some faulting of surface features present some danger to the crew of the Space Patrol scout ship that has landed on a research mission.. This scan of the original almost reduces me to tears. I'm afraid the allowable file size for pictures posted here seriously limits the subtlety of shading that can be reproduced. On top of that, my computer's monitor is slowly dying and the images I see are relatively dark, so I'm not sure how this image appears to you. If you can't see detail in the shadowed areas, let me know and I'll try to fix it.

Published More than a year ago

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