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Pluto Map (2015 Nov 10) by Snowfall-The-Cat Pluto Map (2015 Nov 10) by Snowfall-The-Cat
I will keep updating this file. woohoo!
I also have Charon ---> fav.me/d91fyqf
You can use this map and share however you like.
Just remember, this was made with NASA/JPL/New horizons data. in case you live under a copyright rock.

CELESTIA USERS:
If you want Pluto to be facing Charon the correct way, you must change the position of the map on the horizontal position.
Simply open a paint program of your choice, then copy and paste the map so that the heart is split by the two right and left sides of the
rectangle map, instead of the center. the heart should be facing away from Charon so it never sees it. No love for Charon! (i only have it offset wrong here, so that the HD tiles are in the center and easy to see, plus it is easier to update this way) its a ruff fix but it works, Charon is fine by the looks of things, don't worry about Charon.


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UPDATE (July 20 2015)
added the new HD tiles to the Heart shaped area on Pluto, did my best to blend them in with colours. download for full size. enjoy!

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UPDATE (July 21 2015)
Added another new HD tile to the left side of the Heart shaped area on Pluto, fits well to me! such a strange world.
the tile is from here pbs.twimg.com/media/CKdr0GgUsA…

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UPDATE (July 24 2015)

Added more new HD tiles to the TOP of the Heart today. more strange Pluto gets stranger!
tiles i added:
pluto.jhuapl.edu/soc/Pluto-Enc…
pluto.jhuapl.edu/soc/Pluto-Enc…
graphics8.nytimes.com/newsgrap…
and added better HD globe better then the last! graphics8.nytimes.com/newsgrap…

Now time to update Charon with 1 new tile!
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UPDATE (July 25 2015)

Just a slight colour and tile adjustment. The contrast is a bit high i think but I'm going to work with that for now its nothing i cant fix later.
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UPDATE (Sept 10 2015)
Added 4 new tiles on the sides of the heart shape! enjoy!
tiles are
pluto.jhuapl.edu/Multimedia/Sc…
pluto.jhuapl.edu/Multimedia/Sc…
and two top side corner tiles from here pluto.jhuapl.edu/Multimedia/Sc… any other tiles i will be waiting for pluto.jhuapl.edu/soc/Pluto-Enc… to update with raw tiles. my hand hurts now from doing all these tiles! lol enjoy~

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UPDATE (Sept 16 2015)
added new HD global image to Pluto and adjusted colours. i have 1 more tile to put on but i'm to tired for today
tile is planetary.s3.amazonaws.com/ass… and re-aligned other HD tiles to it. i dont know if i will make the image any bigger in resolution. its already huge and takes a long time to work with on my computer its so big. enjoy!
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UPDATE (Sept 26 2015)
Added this amazing image to rest of Pluto globe and lots of colour fixing. www.nasa.gov/sites/default/fil…

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UPDATE (Sept 29 2015)
map alignment adjustments and colour fixing.
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UPDATE (Oct 08 2015)
map slight colour fixing.

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UPDATE (Nov 07 2015)
Map contrast boost to suit raw approach photos. very slight colour adjust too.
Added better transition and slightly more HD mapping east of the heart.
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UPDATE (Nov 07 2015)
Fixing colour and brightness all over.
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nothing yet i dont think. ive tried to enhance the back lit pictures of Pluto, i get some odd white blobs on Pluto but they are no where near the unseen sides anyway, its also hard to tell if they are just ghosts from the camera light too. i might just wait for ofisal announcements about that to be sure.
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John-AM Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hopefully something comes out before too long.
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ShinChuAndTeitus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015
Hi! We got new pictures if you want to update it again ^w^
www.reddit.com/r/space/comment…
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome thanks :) i was keeping a close eye on them for new pictures. i will definitely be updating the map with them when i can ^^
is there a link to the images on the link you sent me? = o i am not familiar with Reddit
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Edited Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks keep sending me links when you find them! = D

lol that's ok, the furs are everywhere! =^v^=

Edit*
the Pluto and Charon maps have been updated with new tiles now!
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ShinChuAndTeitus Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015
:D
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kboulger Featured By Owner Edited Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I commented awhile back (Jul 15) about a globe I made based on your image. That same globe was given to and is now featured prominently at the Lowell Observatory (www.pinterest.com/pin/44691196…). It has caught the attention of the editor of the online International Planetary Cartography Database (planetcarto.wordpress.com/proj…). Since it was the one of the first globes of Pluto produced, he wants to add it and its source image to their online database. Are you game for this? My mail is kboulger at aol.
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's amazing, makes me happy to see it is being enjoyed! and that all sounds good to me! : )
What do you want me to E mail you?
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kboulger Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If you e mail me I will forward to you my e mail exchange with the editor. That would probably be the best way to convey what he wants. Their database is currently offline, but I have used it in the past to study historical globes and maps of planetary systems. They are apparently interested in adding the newly created maps and globes of the Pluto system to their list. You have compiled the best images I've seen so far of Pluto and Charon and deserve some mention.
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have sent you an Email then : ) hopefully i got the address right.
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kboulger Featured By Owner Edited Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have sent an email to the of the International Planetary Cartography Database. He should be contacting you.
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ellindsey Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
I used the image you posted here to make a papercraft model of Pluto.  You can download the file here:

www.dropbox.com/s/27sg3nu187et…
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome stuff thanks! :)
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mushisan Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
thank you :iconsnowfall-the-cat: and :iconellindsey: : i just gave this to my gf ^^ ~> instagram.com/p/5_FF2SCk43/?ta… (she loves Pluto^^)
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome stuff! = D
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ShinChuAndTeitus Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015
Hey, did you addthis yet? www.nasa.gov/sites/default/fil…
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Edited Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yep. its at the top of the heart feature on pluto :)
pluto.jhuapl.edu/soc/Pluto-Enc…
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ShinChuAndTeitus Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015
Sweet^^
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John-AM Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I made a 'midres' version scaled to a quarter of the size, but I kept the full size for the 'hires', and Celestia crashed when I tried it.:XD: So I still scaled the 'hires' to half the size.:-)
I was wondering, would it be possible to see a version of this without the missing data in the south filled in? In case we want to fill in our own fictional data. OR to fill it in with procedural data in Space Engine when I learn how. =D

Thank you again for putting so much work into this!:-)
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guillermoabramson Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I recommend making a virtual texture. They are much less memory demanding.
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John-AM Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've seen a lot about virtual textures, but never looked into them or they're made. I might look into that!
(Also, welcome to DeviantART:-))
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
lol its sure a HUGE map.
Without the missing data, what do you mean? Its all blank down there i didn't add anything there. do you mean transparency? it shouldn't be that hard for you to do that, just got to erase the empty bits and fade them out, that's what i would do lol.
Just remember though, that it is still possible that New Horizons can get some moon lit photos of the southern poles and i will be adding them in if and when they do. :)

And its no problem! I try to update whenever there are new tiles lol
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John-AM Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, the parts without photo data is what I meant. Yeah, it wouldn't be hard for me to erase it, but like I said, I'm an accuracy nut.:-) Guess I failed to realize we still might get photos of that side later though. So never mind in that case.:D Thanks.
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
that's ok. :) i am still waiting for new tiles, they take forever!
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John-AM Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha. I'm sure NASA is making sure they release them in the best possible quality.:-)
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
probably :)
they put one out black and white maps though this past few days. looking at it i am glad to see my map is accurate to it so far though. i still plan to update mine 8 )
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John-AM Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
And the race is on! Who will win? Snowfall-The-Cat, or NASA?;p
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think we both made globes but i dont know who was first lol i made mine as soon as the images came down. here is the NASA one they made later cdn4.sci-news.com/images/enlar…
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guillermoabramson Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic. Now I have to update the video, because the atmosphere looks really nice when backlit.
twitter.com/guilleabramson/sta…
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome stuff! :)
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guillermoabramson Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, Snowfall! Here they are in Celestia, with simulated relief until we have proper topography.
twitter.com/guilleabramson/sta…
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks awesome! = D
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guillermoabramson Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I also made a short video... but DeviantArt thinks it´s spam! See it at youtu.be/w5BFORr7WQE
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
cool video man! sorry i am late to reply lol
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Stratocracy Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
Keep the updates coming. This heart will be known forever! 
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ill do my best :)
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John-AM Featured By Owner Edited Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely great!! Did a Google search for "pluto map", though I really didn't expect to find that someone actually made one already. Especially one this nice!
I was thinking of adding the map to the model of Pluto in Celestia for myself. Probably Charon too.
And I look forward to updates on this too! Thank you for putting the work into this!:w00t:
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Go ahead adding it to Pluto in Celestia! :) i did the same too, but just putting them right into Celestia they are not aligned properly with the proper faces of Pluto pointing toward Charon. It wouldn't be hard to fix, i just have the sides that new horizons flew past in the middle so people can see it.

And no kidding! i figured i better send these out for people to use, because i know how slow space agencies are at letting their maps go public. lol, considering i still haven't seen any good HD models or maps for 67P to download for the public from ESA yet. (and i know they have them! www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBltmJ…)
and no problem at all. I might be slow updating with the very high resolution tiles for Pluto and Charon. But i will at least try. who knows, if nasa beats me to the cake then i guess my work is done. :)
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John-AM Featured By Owner Edited Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have ability to edit images (using GIMP), I could just shift the image over, if you could tell me just how many pixels over it should be. Or would you suggest another way of aligning it? Now I just have to remember exactly how to script the maps in. Will have to find some references to help me remember again.=p

Yeah, good maps are hard to find. I hope to see them come out elevation maps for Pluto too.
Speaking of which, I have always been curious, how exactly do you go abut making this kind of map? That is, what programs are used, and how exactly do you make sure all the images used are lined up correctly? The only maps I know how to make is me own fictional ones. XD

And thank you for the Llama!:-)
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I can only approximate the faces, i just need to look at the raw photos and see what features are facing each other. Ill figure that out later though as i will be away for 1-3 days very soon sadly.

good question, i need to make tutorials on this stuff sometime. : s
I use a free 3D modeling program named Blender3D for projecting the new horizons photos onto a sphere using the proper angle i need, after that i unwrap that sphere into a cylindrical map from the pictures, then whatever unwrapped chunk i get, i then add it and fade it into the other parts of the map i already have in GIMP. it can be a bit tricky to get the angles right if you don't know where the north and south poles are. I got lucky, a lot of the nasa pictures had north right up and even a globe sometimes with grid to show. if not, i just have to eyeball it and try to figure out in Celestia where Pluto was on that time and stuff. : s

Blender 3D is also very handy for painting your own textures too, because you can just paint on a sphere in the program, and when you finally unwrap it to cylindrical maps the poles look right instead of being all stretched and distorted. that's what i used to make this planet. fav.me/d9128fa

and no problem! :)
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John-AM Featured By Owner Edited Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah ok, I see. take your time then.:-)

*Gasps* You used Blender for this!?? That's cool! I guess I imagined there would be something much more technical you would have to use for some reason.:D I'm a Blender user too, and love it, though sadly I haven't yet uploaded much to show for it. [Link] I have made a few random planet map stuff in Blender, including a detailed realistic earth model I had been trying to work on. I've had a hard time trying to simulate a volumectric atmosphere.
Good to meet a fellow Blender user!:-)

Edit: Thanks! I got both maps for Pluto and Cheron in Celestia as an alternate surface, and they look beautiful!:dance:
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I still haven't gotten to aligning the sides yet sadly, though i did update the map with latest HD tiles!

yep! its not too too hard :) but i can understand why you would think it would be complicated, its just a bunch of aligning things once you get down to it though lol.
and hey your stuff is not to bad, you just got to slowly work in some details :) you have potential. it is indeed tricky to get a good atmosphere effect for a planet ive only done it once here fav.me/d8qmc7x you got to use Blender's Cycles render engine and i believe it is a material that is named volumetric or something i cant remember. I like the animals you made. and its good to meet you too :)

that is really good to hear! = D
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John-AM Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's nice! 8192 px! I noticed the detailed area in the heart right away.:)

Well that makes sense now if you have accurate enough information to align it with. The "eyeballing it" thing never appealed to me and makes me nervous, as I'm a complete nut for accuracy, lol.
That is a great looking atmosphere!:-) I've used Blender for about six years, and I know most of it pretty well, especially Cycles material nodes and such. I'm just wondering about specific techniques for getting it to look right. Getting it to fade into space on he edges, getting a sunset color in the sides, etc... Actually I still have it in my stash here, donno why I haven't uploaded it to my gallery yet...

This whole Pluto thing got me back on my astronomy kick again. Right now I'm playing with making my own solar system in Celestia, which is something I did once before, but it's been awhile. Fun, fun, fun! XD
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah its huge = s it was the size the tile resolution fit in the smallest so i had to use it. hopefully it does not get to much bigger.
Eyeballing it is working for me so far :) after playing around with it its not to hard to find where the HD parts fit over the low resolution ones. i wish i could be perfectly accurate but sadly i don't have all NASAs spacecraft angles and stuff, even if i did, i wouldn't know what to do with it lol

thanks! you've used blender more then i have, i still have a lot to learn in it. and i know what you mean with the atmospheres, the best i could do is make lots of different layers and differing densities to give the illusion of the edge of space. But i have no idea how to do the orange affect. you will have to let me know if you find out how!

Also, I would love to see your solar systems in Celestia! :) i have been making solar systems in Celestia since 2005. I just recently got a new program named Space Engine that is so much better but works in much the same way. Its to bad Celestia development died, its showing its age. : /
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kboulger Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I was looking for some reference to make a globe of Pluto. This fit the bill!
I converted to from equirectangular to 24 globe segments.
www.pinterest.com/pin/44691196…
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That is beautiful! I love what you've done with the map! = D I bet its really nice to have! will you make a labeled one with land feature names too?
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kboulger Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
As soon as they decide on the names.
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Edited Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
One last question. How did you make the globe segments? what program? Someone is asking me just that same question on twitter, twitter.com/Astro_Zach/status/… and i know you are one to ask for help. thanks! :)
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