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6 July 2015

Remember Pluto? Right, the only planet ever demoted to the B league in the Solar System. Well, it isn't entirely dark on the dwarf planet these days. In fact, at noon there it matches our light level at dawn and dusk.

To cheer the little planet up as the spacecraft New Horizons approaches it, NASA has invited you to take a photo during Pluto Time in your neighborhood and share it with the tag #PlutoTime. They'll post the most interesting shots from around the world.

It's always Pluto Time somewhere, NASA says. To find out when it will next be PlutoTime where you are, visit NASA's Pluto Time page and use the map to click on your location.

At the appointed hour, pop outside and take a photo. NASA has a few recommendations:

  • Turn off your flash.
  • Think about including a landmark.
  • Think it's too bright? Read about light on Pluto.

San Francisco's next Pluto Time will be tonight at 8:39. We've got about nine hours to mull this assignment over. Plenty of time to charge the battery.

Pluto Time

Pluto orbits on the fringes of our solar system, billions of miles away. Sunlight is much weaker there than it is here on Earth, yet it isn't completely dark. In fact, for just a moment near dawn and dusk each day, the illumination on Earth matches that of noon on Pluto.

We call this Pluto Time. If you go outside at this time on a clear day, the world around you will be as bright as the surface of Pluto at noon. Learn More

It's always Pluto Time somewhere and NASA wants to see your view. Take a picture during your local Pluto Time and share it to social media with the tag #PlutoTime. We'll highlight some of the most interesting shots from around the world.

Next Month, New Horizons will become the first spacecraft to have a close encounter with Pluto. After the historic flyby on July 14, we'll combine as many submitted images as we can into a mosaic image of Pluto and its moons.

#PlutoTime: we can't wait to see what it looks like in your world.

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