n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Pluto's atmosphere : what occultations reveal prior to New Horizons' arrival : news note

Volume 74, Issue 3_4
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



Planetary astronomers, including the SA Astronomical Observatory's Head of Instrumentation, Dr Amanda Gulbis, have been investigating Pluto's atmospheric properties and evolution by observing stellar occultations by the planet, and using multiple telescopes in the United States (2012) and Chile (2013). Their results appeared in January this year in journal Icarus, under Bosh et al. (2015) and Gulbis et al. (2015). A special issue of the journal was dedicated to the current understanding of the Pluto System on the eve of the arrival of New Horizons at Pluto.

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