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May 16, 1994 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1994-17

Hubble Portrait of the "Double Planet" Pluto & Charon

May 16, 1994: This is the clearest view yet of the distant planet Pluto and its moon Charon, as revealed by the Hubble telescope.

Hubble snapped this image 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. The two objects are shown as clearly separate and sharp disks.


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