Pluto’s Heart Formation Looks Strangely Like…a Cartoon Dog

And why not? Seriously, go over to at the link below, look at the high-resolution images and see if the heart formation doesn’t look a lot like the right-side profile of a cartoon dog’s face. Possibly Droopy or Snoopy or, yes, even Pluto.
22lCMA19 – The first age of solar system exploration is in the books.

NASA’s New Horizons probe flew by Pluto this morning (July 14), capturing history’s first up-close looks at the far-flung world — if all went according to plan. (Mission team members won’t declare success until they hear from New Horizons tonight.) Closest approach came at 7:49 a.m. EDT (1149 GMT), when the spacecraft whizzed within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto’s frigid surface. To celebrate, NASA unveiled the latest photo of Pluto, showing a reddish world with a stunning heart-shaped feature on its face.

More than 1,200 scientists, NASA guests and dignitaries — including 200 reporters — watched the flyby live at New Horizons’ mission control center at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. They chanted a countdown to the closest approach, then cheered and waved American flags as the big moment occurred. Read more at

For other more imaginative interpretations, see XKCD’s preliminary map of Pluto.


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6 responses to “Pluto’s Heart Formation Looks Strangely Like…a Cartoon Dog

  1. Grunt: …For other more imaginative interpretations, see Goodstuff’s preliminary map of Pluto.

    “Goodstuff” apparently lifted this without credit from XKCD.


  2. 1) I cannot wait for the new Manga/ anime representations of Pluto, which will surely show a large heart plastered on the side.

    2) That there is a shape that looks like Pluto on Pluto proves 2 Things:
    a) God exists and b)He is a Troll. Or Fanboy. Or Both. 😉