[T]he Plutonians have started naming their surroundings…informally…Like, for example, “Cthulu,” the name of an elder god from the fiction of HP Lovecraft. Or what about “Balrog,” the name of the monster that seemingly killed Gandalf the Grey in the Lord of the Rings trilogy?
The image was first made by taking a picture with each of the the three color filters (red, blue, and green) found on the Ralph camera. Those images were then combined and the resulting colors were enhanced. This process lets the team get a more detailed view of surface features
To many astronomers, the orbits of Uranus and Neptune seemed to indicate the existence of another body—something altering their movements around the sun. Between 1877 and 1930, a number of theories were proposed. They predicted the existence of anywhere from one to five planets beyond Neptune.
Onboard instruments will capture the most detailed images of Pluto ever seen, but nestled next to these tools are some more unusual items of cargo — including a portion of the ashes of Clyde Tombaugh, the American astronomer who discovered Pluto.
The view from the #PlutoFlyby we’ve all been waiting for. Hooray @NASANewHorizons! http://t.co/XvJRvq42id pic.twitter.com/Wi9eNcWW04— NASA Goddard (@NASAGoddard) July 15, 2015