What’s On Tap: Pluto Is The Love Planet; How To Watch MLB All-Star Game; More …
So you thought that Pluto would be bitter and resentful after we downgraded it recently from one of the nine planets in our solar system to a dwarf planet? How little we knew. As it turns out, all Pluto really wanted was to be loved.
Today is Pluto flyby day -- an historic occasion, when you think about it. NASA's New Horizons rocket ship has spent nine years reaching Pluto, a distance of about 4 billion miles, and we're starting to get the first close-up images of the (former) planet and its five known moons as the probe passed Pluto at its closest point at about 7:49 a.m. ET today, about 7,750 miles from the planet's surface. If a probe passed Earth at that distance, it would be able to photograph the muggings in New York City's Central Park. So the pictures should be awesome.
What impact does this have on Earth, and more importantly, the world of sports? We hadn't anticipated much at all, until this latest photograph from New Horizons. It's the closest photo of Pluto yet, and it appears to show that ... Pluto has a heart. It's the Love Planet.
It's probably just an optical illusion, or the random juxtaposition of ice, rocks and hills that form a crude, heart-shaped landscape. Or maybe it's Pluto sending us a valuable message -- that our wars and conflicts are pointless, and that love actually rules the universe. Maybe MLB should forgive Pete Rose, and boxing, UFC and the NFL should be abolished immediately, and Donald Trump should be placed in a rocket and sent into space, where he can do no further harm. So says Pluto, our night light of peace.
Unfortunately you can't watch the flyby in real time, as it takes 4.5 hours for transmissions to reach Earth -- and up to a year to fully decode some detailed images. But you can check out the Eyes on the Solar System app here, where you can experience a flyby simulation, plus get other stats and facts.
Here's what else is happening today in the world of sports ... and beyond:
MLB: All-Star Game from Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ET) Fox. ESPN Radio. Livestream: FOX Sports GO.
Cycling: Tour de France, Stage 10, 11:30 a.m. (ET) NBCSP.
College Football: SEC Media Day, 1 p.m. (ET) ESPN.
Soccer: CONCACAF Gold Cup, Jamaica vs. El Salvador, 6 p.m. (ET) Fox Sports 1; Canada vs. Costa Rica, 8:30 p.m. (ET) Fox Sports 1.
Pan American Games: From Toronto, 8 p.m. (ET) ESPN2. Events schedule here.
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