Despite being light years away, even the planets couldn’t resist getting into the Christmas spirit. While Pluto may not be the biggest of all the planets, good things come in small packages. NASA edited the colors of infrared wavelength ranges to produce an image that decks Pluto out in some holiday cheer, making us feel festive all over again.
While this edited version may be seasonally appropriate, the image actually comes from a picture taken by the New Horizons spacecraft on July 14, 2015. The probe was actually 67,000 miles from Pluto, but technology is amazing, so we can see it just as clear as if we were sitting next to it, opening presents under the tree.
Not only did Pluto get a festive makeover, it also got a Christmas song. Sung to the tune of “Rudolph the Ned-Nosed Reindeer,” “Pluto the Small Dwarf Planet” tells the story of this planet that was once totally neglected:
You can head over to NASA’s Tumblr (because they’re hip) to read the whole version. Christmas may be over, but it’s the little festive acts of kindness like this that keep the holiday spirit alive all year round.
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