The New Horizons spacecraft has beamed back a time-lapse "movie" showing an entire day in the Pluto-Charon system. Captured from a distance of just 126 million miles (203-million km), the footage clearly depicts the "wobble" imposed on the dwarf planet by its large moon.

The time-lapse is composed of shots taken from January 25–31. The objects were observed for an entire rotation of each body. A "day" in this system is equal to 6.4 days on Earth.

Charon, which is about one-eighth the size of Pluto (the size of Texas, give or take), is pulling on Pluto to create the easily identifiable wobble.

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As New Horizons gets closer, we'll eventually get to see more detail, including Pluto's other, much smaller, moons.

[ NASA ]

Image Credit: NASA/APL/Southwest Research Institute