Pluto’s haze layer is blue in this image taken by the New Horizons Ralph/Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera. Haze is produced by sunlight-initiated chemical reactions of nitrogen and methane, leading to small particles that grow and settle toward the surface. This image was generated by software that combines information from blue, red and near-infrared images to replicate the color a human eye would perceive as closely as possible. Image credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI.

Pluto’s Mysteriously Cool Atmosphere Might Hold The Key To Fighting Global Warming

If atmospheric hazes can cool the distant ice dwarf by an extra 30 degrees Celsius, maybe we can geoengineer a solution to our warming problem?

Ethan Siegel
Nov 23, 2017 · 5 min read

When NASA’s New Horizons flew by Pluto in 2015, it didn’t just give us our greatest…