Pluto-Charon system

A composite of 13x13 arcsec wide images taken with the adaptive optics camera NACO on Yepun, one of the Unit Telescopes of ESO's VLT (Paranal). The images were taken in the K-band (2.2 microns) from about three hours to about one hour before the occultation. All images were centred on Pluto and Charon, the double object visible near the centre, with a separation of about 0.9 arcsec. Because of the system's motion, the occulted star, at the right of Pluto and Charon, appears as a dotted trail, and so does another star in the lower left corner.

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About the Image

Id:eso0602b
Type:Observation
Release date:4 January 2006
Related releases:eso0602
Size:1442 x 1554 px

About the Object

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

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
K
2.2 μm Very Large Telescope
NACO

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