"The first close-up images of Ultima Thule - with its two distinct and, apparently, spherical segments - had observers calling it a "snowman, '" the government space agency said". However, analysis of both the approach and departure images have changed this view because of the revealing of an outline, which was not seen before as it was not illuminated by the sun. Mission team members initially thought UltimaThule resembles a snowman but now believe the object to be flattened.
The mission's principal investigatorAlan Stern said that the new data raises even more questions about the peculiar structure: "More importantly, the new images are creating scientific puzzles about how such an object could even be formed". "It would be closer to reality to say UltimaThule's shape is flatter, like a pancake". As new data makes the more than four-billion mile journey to Earth, the Kuiper belt object's shape is coming into well, shape. While KBOs were once far more common than they are now, the most distant areas of our planetary system probably never contained as much bulk material as the areas closer to the Sun.
This interpretation is evident from the data acquired by the Nasa spacecraft when it looked back at icy UltimaThule as it zoomed past at 50,000km/h.
NASA's new observations, however, reveal a flatter and more pancake-like space rock. UltimaThule is approximately 4.1 billion miles from Earth and about 1 billion miles past Pluto, making it the most distant celestial object ever explored.
"Nothing quite like this has ever been captured in imagery", said Stern. By watching which ones "blinked out" as Ultima passed in front of them, the scientists were able to outline the object's unusual shape. Add the fact that the spacecraft used long exposure times to boost the camera's signal level, and you've got some heavy blurring going on.
While NASA's New Horizons zipped by MU69 over a month ago, NASA scientists will continue receiving data about the object well over a year from now.
Because they were taken from a different angle than the approach photos, the team was able to gather complementary information on the actual shape of the object. "This will undoubtedly motivate new theories of planetesimal formation in the early Solar System".
New Horizons - the legendary spacecraft that captured these images of MU69 - shot the latest sequence of pictures on January 1, 2019, as the spacecraft departed MU69 at 31,000 miles per hour and hurtled deeper into the black abyss of space, toward still-unknown destinations.
The Make America Great Again rally will take place in El Paso , Texas on Monday at the County Coliseum. The president's rally comes four days before the nation could fall into another government shutdown.
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday laid historical claims to a number of Arabian Gulf countries without naming them. In January, Mr Rouhani said Iran was facing its worst economic crisis since the Shah was toppled.
However, the commercial release will only happen when the company is "completely satisfied that it's ready". Although the version the WSJ tested isn't final, it helps us get a better idea of what's coming up.
Jordan Spieth , the 2017 champion , was at 10 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day due to heavy rain. That makes Mickelson's up-and-down day which featured four bogeys, four birdies and an eagle much more palatable.
Kyrie Irving led the team with 24 points, seven rebounds and eight assists including a clutch go-ahead basket late in the game. Boston forward Marcus Morris had some brutally honest quotes after Saturday night's loss. "We have to genuinely want to win".
South Korea Meets Trump’s Demand to Pay More for U.S. Troops
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Kyler Murray chooses the National Football League over MLB
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Newborn girl rescued from drain pipe in Durban
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