Think about your heart which may have been broken a couple of times. And now think about the heart of the smallest planet Pluto! Its heart shaped region is called Tombough Regio which has been prominently displayed in many of its images. But Nasa has released a closer look to it.
This is not the first time Pluto is being observed closely. Back in July this year, Nasa released the highest resolution color images of Pluto captured by the New Horizons probe during its flyby. By the pictures we got a close picture of Pluto’s diverse and perplexing landscapes. Among them was a newly discovered patch of curiously ruffled ridges resembling snakeskin.
In July, during New Horizons’ closest flyby, the probe’s Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) zoomed in on the area and took photos within 9,550 miles of its surface. In the picture released by Nasa, Pluto’s heart is scarred with pits. New Horizons’ scientists believe, this may have formed due to a combination of ice fracturing and evaporation. These pits seem to follow a pattern. The team believes it could provide clues on the planet’s ice flow and the exchange of nitrogen between its surface and atmosphere.