329 – Psychedelic Pluto Mandala

Psychedelic Pluto - image credit NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI
Psychedelic Pluto – image credit NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

Now this is more like the way I would color a planet if given the opportunity!

Earlier this year, NASA’s New Horizons mission did it’s closest flyby past the last known planet in our solar system: Pluto. Since then, scientists have been working with (or in this case coloring with) the data to gain more insight about this adorable planet’s surface.

About this image, NASA’s post states:

New Horizons scientists made this false color image of Pluto using a technique called principal component analysis to highlight the many subtle color differences between Pluto’s distinct regions. The image data were collected by the spacecraft’s Ralph/MVIC color camera on July 14 at 11:11 AM UTC, from a range of 22,000 miles (35,000 kilometers).

In a previous blog post, I provide more information and links related to Pluto and the New Horizons mission: 196 – Pluto’s Heart Mandala

While the science stuff is fascinating, I prefer to enjoy Pluto’s new psychedelic surface and be inspired by its vibrantly colorful palette.

How would you color pluto?

Happy Coloring!

If you would like your mandala to be considered for the “Mandala of the Day”, read how on the Participate page. It’s easy! Or recommend one you’ve seen via my Contact page.


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