Astronomy pictures of the fortnight, LXXI

Been awhile since I posted an APOF, but perhaps it’s been worth the wait:  historic pic of Pluto!  Remember to watch the news this Tuesday as New Horizons zooms past the dwarf planet and its 5 moons.

It will not, as you might expect, stop and enter orbit.  The extra fuel required for the maneuver would have been too much to carry on the trip!  Crazy…  I remember watching the launch from my front lawn 9 years ago.

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Details below the jump, per usual:

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