A Flag for Pluto

by Scott Mainwaring, Vexilloid Tabloid #53

On 13 July the New Horizons probe sent an image of Pluto dominated by Tombaugh Regio, a large feature informally called “the heart”.

The “heart” of Pluto from 476,000 miles.  Image taken by New Horizons on 13 July 2015. Source:   NASA/APL/SwRI
The “heart” of Pluto from 476,000 miles.  Image taken by New Horizons on 13 July 2015. Source: NASA/APL/SwRI

Inspired, I created a flag for Pluto: its astrological symbol in orange-brown (its overall color), in a white heart, on black (for space).

A Heart Flag for Pluto, designed by Scott Mainwaring, 14 July 2015.
A Heart Flag for Pluto, designed by Scott Mainwaring, 14 July 2015.

I chose the astrological over the astronomical symbol (♇) as its symmetry makes it more flag-friendly.  The aspect ratio of 1:1 is the closest a rectangle can come to the circular shape of the (dwarf) planet; and distinguishes it from standard terrestrial flags.

Stickers, hats, and other products with this design are for sale on Zazzle.com.

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Author: SDM

Ethnography * Technology * Design

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