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Pluto's Giant Heart is Proof That It Still Loves Us


Image: NASA

We've demoted Pluto and kicked it out of the solar system's planetary club, but don't worry, Pluto still loves us! We know that because a photo taken from the New Horizons space probe, launched by NASA to explore Pluto, its moons, and the Kuiper Belt, revealed that the dwarf planet has a giant heart sign, as seen above.

See also: Pluto: Proof That Size Matters

The image, taken on July 7, 2015, is the closest image of Pluto. The space probe New Horizons was just under 5 million miles from the dwarf planet. The white heart-sized area is about 1,200 miles across and scientists don't exactly know what it means.

"The next time we see this part of Pluto at closest approach, a portion of this region will be imaged at about 500 times better resolution than we see today," said Jeff Moore of NASA’s Ames Research Center. "It will be incredible!"


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