[CentralOH] Pluto flyby images in Python

Eric Floehr eric at intellovations.com
Tue Aug 25 01:21:03 CEST 2015

In July, the New Horizons Pluto spacecraft buzzed by Pluto. Some of the
images have started to have been released, but this process will take a
long time (due to the faint signal it can only transmit at less than 1200
baud, or 1,000 bits per second).

Someone took some Python code and aligned background stars between images
to create this background-stabilized flyby of Pluto from the images that
have been released:


The thing that immediately is noticeable is that the barycenter (the center
of mass) of Pluto and Charon is outside of Pluto's diameter. Think how you
would rotate swinging a heavy bucket on a string. Here is how he did it
using Python and OpenCV:

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