Pluto and Charon

This is the clearest view yet of the distant planet Pluto and its moon, Charon, as revealed by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The image was taken by the European Space Agency's Faint Object Camera (FOC) on February 21, 1994 when the planet was 2.6 billion miles (4.4 billion kilometers) from Earth; or nearly 30 times the separation between Earth and the sun.

Credit:

Dr. R. Albrecht, ESA/ESO Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility; NASA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9417a
Type:Observation
Release date:16 May 1994, 06:00
Size:950 x 494 px

About the Object

Name:Charon, Pluto
Type:• Solar System : Planet : Satellite
• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Dwarf planet
• X - Solar System Images/Videos

Colours & filters

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Hubble Space Telescope
FOC

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