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Hawaiian poi pounder located in deep space

A Hawaiian poi pounder roams deep interstellar space, looking for a poi board. Okay, thatʻs over the top, but object MU69, deep in the Kuiper Belt, sure looks like a classic Hawaiian poi pounder, with its two lobes separated by a narrow central cylinder. (Image: The interstellar poi pounder, viewed by the New Horizons spacecraft. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute, National Optical Astronomy Observatory.) The pounder was located...
Tags: Travel, Astronomy, Agriculture, Archaeology, Pluto, Bishop Museum, Kuiper Belt, Ultima Thule


New Horizons’ far-out findings from solar system’s Kuiper Belt turn into a cover story

The space snowman known as 2014 MU69 or Ultima Thule added to its celebrity today by showing up on the cover of the journal Science, with the first peer-reviewed results from an encounter with NASA's New Horizons spacecraft laid out within. Close study of the two-lobed object — which orbits 4 billion miles from the sun within a sparse belt of icy material known as the Kuiper Belt — could shed light on how the solar system was formed, said New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, a pla...
Tags: Science, Nasa, New Horizons, Kuiper Belt, Alan Stern, Southwest Research Institute, Ultima Thule


We're Finally Learning More about MU69, the Strange, Flat Rock in the Outer Solar System

New Horizons mission scientists have released the first peer-reviewed results from their study of 2014 MU69, demonstrating just how “pristine” this object is.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, New Horizons, Pluto, Solar System, Astrophysics, Kuiper Belt, Kuiper Belt Objects, Mu69


The Dominator

The Sun exerts a mighty influence on the space around it. Our star holds on to eight major planets, perhaps hundreds of dwarf planets, and a trillion or more smaller chunks of rock and ice. The key to this domination is the Sun’s mass. The Sun contains 99.9 percent of all the material in the solar system — more than 300,000 times the mass of Earth. That great heft generates a powerful gravitational pull. In fact, the Sun’s gravity dominates a “bubble” of space that spans more than two light-year...
Tags: Space, Earth, Sun, Pluto, Neptune, Kuiper Belt, Damond Benningfield, Sun than Earth


Extreme Dwarf Planet FarFarOut Could Be the Most Distant Known Object in the Solar System

Just months after discovering FarOut, the most distant known object in the Solar System, the same team of astronomers has detected the faint—but not yet confirmed—glimmerings of an object even farther away. Dubbed FarFarOut, the extreme dwarf planet is 13 billion miles away—a distance so far it takes nearly 20 hours…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Asteroids, Kuiper Belt, Planetary Science, Dwarf Planets, Kuiper Belt Objects, Farout, Lonely Extreme Trans Neptunian Objects, Trans Neptunian Objects, FarFarOut, Extreme Dwarf Planets


New Images of the Distant Ultima Thule Object Have Surprised Scientists

Iwastheone shares a report from Ars Technica: Back in early January, when scientists pulled down their first batch of data from the New Horizons spacecraft, they celebrated an odd snowman-shaped object in the outer Solar System. From this first look, it appeared as though Ultima Thule, formally named 2014 MU69, consisted of two spheres in contact with one another -- a contact binary. Now that scientists have downloaded more data from the distant spacecraft, however, our view of Ultima Thule has ...
Tags: Tech, Kuiper Belt, Ultima Thule, Alex Parker


New images of the distant Ultima Thule object have surprised scientists (ars technica)

Enlarge / New Horizons took this image of the Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 (nicknamed Ultima Thule) on Jan. 1, 2019, when the NASA spacecraft was 8,862km beyond it. The image to the left is an "average" of ten images. (credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI) Back in early January, when scientists pulled down their first batch of data from the New Horizons spacecraft, they celebrated an odd snowman-shaped object in the outer Solar System. From this first look, it appeared as though Ultima Thule, formally nam...
Tags: News, Nasa, Kuiper Belt, Eric Berger, Ultima Thule


New Horizons Images Show Ultima Thule May Actually Be More 'Pancake'-Shaped

The distant (486958) 2014 MU69, nicknamed Ultima Thule, made history on New Year’s Day for becoming the farthest object ever visited by a spacecraft. As it’s situated in the Kuiper Belt about 4.1 billion miles from Earth, there’s much about MU69 that scientists are still learning. Now, new images have raised even more…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, New Horizons, Kuiper Belt, Ultima Thule, Mu69


Pancakes in space? No that's just the mysterious MU69

It's a strange little world. At 4 billion miles from Earth, MU69 (also nicknamed Ultima Thule) is the farthest-away object a human spacecraft has ever visited. For the past few years, scientists have labeled MU69 as an unknown, mysterious "puzzle." After the 13-year-old New Horizons spacecraft eventually swooped by the frozen rock on New Years Day 2019, the object graduated to a snowman-shaped frozen rock. Now, after receiving new images of MU69, planetary scientists suspect that both of it...
Tags: Science, Earth, New Horizons, Kuiper Belt, Thule, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule, Alex Parker, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab


Amateur Astronomy Equipment May Have Spotted Tiny Object Beyond Neptune

Japanese astronomers spotted evidence of tiny Kuiper Belt object at the outer edge of the Solar System using a pair of telescopes you could buy online, according to a new paper.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Japan, Science, Physics, Asteroids, Neptune, Astrophysics, Kuiper Belt, Dwarf Planets, Asteroid Belt, Amateur Astronomy


New Horizons Transmits Incredibly Clear Picture of MU69

If you’re anything like me, you were probably a little disappointed when you saw the first pictures of Kuiper belt object MU69. Sure, we could make out a snowman-like shape, but it also looked like something a shot with a smartphone from a moving car.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, New Horizons, Astrophysics, Kuiper Belt, Ultima Thule, Mu69


Is the Elusive 'Planet Nine' Actually a Massive Ring of Debris in the Outer Solar System?

The odd orbital arrangements of objects beyond Neptune have led scientists to speculate about the existence of a so-called Planet Nine—a hypothetical large planet in the outer reaches of the Solar System. New research suggests a planet isn’t required to achieve the anomalous orbits, and that a massive ring of debris…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Physics, Neptune, Kuiper Belt, Planet Nine, Planet X, Trans Neptunian Objects


Planet Nine may not exist, say scientists, after finding simpler explanation

When the mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ was first hypothesised in 2016 it was hailed as the solution to the strange orbits of far-flung icy objects and the unexplained tilt in the Solar System. The finding came 10 years after Pluto had been unceremoniously downgraded to ‘asteroid number 134340’ and led to hopes that our star system would soon be restored to nine worlds. Yet despite widespread searches by the most powerful telescopes, Planet Nine has never been spotted, and now astrophysicists have put...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Mike Brown, Cambridge University, Pluto, Neptune, Kuiper Belt, Caltech, California Institute of Technology Caltech, American University of Beirut, Antranik Sefilian, Caltech the California Institute of Technology, Jihad Touma, Sefilian, Konstanin Batygin


Saturn hasn't always had rings

In its last days, the Cassini spacecraft looped between Saturn and its rings so that Earth-based radio telescopes could track the gravitational tug of each. Scientists in Italy and the U.S. have now used these measurements to determine the mass of the rings and estimate its age, which is young: 10-100 million years. This supports the hypothesis that the rings are rubble from a comet or Kuiper Belt object captured late in Saturn's history.
Tags: Science, Earth, Italy, Saturn, Cassini, Kuiper Belt


New videos of the farthest object humanity has ever explored show that it flips like a giant hourglass

On New Year's Day, researchers flew NASA's New Horizons probe past a snowman-shaped space rock called 2014 MU69 (or Ultima Thule). MU69 orbits the sun from about 4 billion miles away. It's the most distant object humanity has ever explored. NASA's spacecraft recorded hundreds of photos of MU69, and the images are slowly trickling back to Earth. Scientists animated a series of the images into a video that shows MU69 turns like an hourglass. The most distant object humanity has ever visited loo...
Tags: Trends, Nasa, Earth, Tennessee, New Horizons, Pluto, Kuiper Belt, Moore, Stern, Thule, Alan Stern, Applied Physics Laboratory, Ultima Thule, Jeff Moore, Cathy Olkin


After historic flyby, New Horizons probe treks deeper on hunt for moons

The piano-sized probe is traveling deep into the ring of celestial bodies known as the Kuiper Belt looking for small, icy moons that spun off the snowman-shaped Ultima Thule formation, a pair of icy space rocks that fused in orbit billions of years ago. "If we've seen bodies one and two, the question is what about bodies three, four and five?" Mark Showalter, a New Horizons investigator, said during a news conference at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland. New Horizons on...
Tags: Science, Maryland, Kuiper Belt, Mark Showalter, Ultima Thule, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory


NASA Releases First Clear Images of Distant Kuiper Belt Object

NASA's New Horizons team has released the promised first images from its history-making flyby of (486958) 2014 MU69. "The snapshots, captured from as close at 17,000 miles away, show that the 21-mile-long Kuiper Belt object is a 'contract binary' where two spheres slowly collided and fused with each other," reports Engadget. "The two may have linked up '99 percent of the way' to the start of the Solar System, Johns Hopkins University APL said." From the report: Capturing a true representation of...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Kuiper Belt, Engadget, Solar System Johns Hopkins University APL


New Horizons isn’t done yet, and NASA is searching for its next target

New Horizons gave NASA an amazing New Year's gift when it sent back gorgeous images of the distant Solar System object Ultima Thule, which we now know is the very first contact binary every visited by man-made spacecraft. It's been a fantastic few days for the New Horizons team, but the spacecraft is far from finished. Now, even as NASA scientists prepare to download a massive collection of data collected during the Ultima Thule flyby, the spacecraft's handlers are busy searching fo...
Tags: News, Nasa, New Horizons, Kuiper Belt, Ultima Thule, Hubble Space Telescope When, Long Range Reconnaissance Imager


What We’ve Learned About Ultima Thule From NASA’s New Horizons Mission

The team that manages the spacecraft is set to reveal more findings at a news conference Thursday afternoon.
Tags: News, Nasa, Kuiper Belt, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space and Astronomy, New Horizons (Spacecraft, 2014 MU69


NASA’s New Horizons Takes Photos of Ultima Thule, 4 Billion Miles Away

Now scientists await a bounty of new data about the small, mysterious icy body, the most distant object ever visited.
Tags: News, Nasa, Kuiper Belt, Stern, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Ultima Thule, Space and Astronomy, New Horizons (Spacecraft, 2014 MU69, S Alan


NASA probe visits Ultima Thule, the farthest object humanity has ever reached

NASA's New Horizons probe is reached the farthest region of our Solar System on New Year's Day 2019, when it buzzed a distant object known as Ultima Thule located in the Kuiper Belt. The post NASA probe visits Ultima Thule, the farthest object humanity has ever reached appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Nasa, Solar System, Kuiper Belt, Emerging Tech, Ultima Thule, Space Probe


NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Is Triumphant in Encounter With the Most Distant Object Ever Visited

Now scientists await clearer pictures and a bounty of new data about a small, mysterious icy body four billion miles from Earth.
Tags: News, Nasa, Kuiper Belt, Stern, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space and Astronomy, New Horizons (Spacecraft, 2014 MU69, S Alan


NASA Spacecraft Visits ‘Ultima Thule’, Icy World Past Pluto

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has survived humanity’s most distant exploration of another world. Ten hours after the middle-of-the-night encounter 4 billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers) away, flight controllers in Laurel, Maryland, received word from the spacecraft late Tuesday morning. Cheers erupted at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, home to Mission Control. “We have a healthy spacecraft. We’ve just accomplished the most distant flyby,” announced ...
Tags: News, Ap, Nasa, New Horizons, Pluto, Kuiper Belt, Josh Marshall, Cape Canaveral Florida, Johns Hopkins University, AP Scientists, Laurel Maryland, Ultima Thule, Alice Bowman, LAUREL Md AP, Associated Press Health Science Department, Mark Holdridge


Ultima Thule is getting clearer, and it looks like a big bowling pin

It looks like a giant bowling pin. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back its closest view of the most distant world humanity has ever visited, Ultima Thule, a snapshot taken on December 31. From half a million miles out, Ultima still appears fuzzy, but the irregularly-shaped object is becoming increasingly clear. The day prior, New Year's Eve, Ultima was just comprised of a few pixels — so this is a notable improvement. "Even though it’s a pixelated blob still, it's a bette...
Tags: Science, Maryland, Nasa, Kuiper Belt, Weaver, Alan Stern, Southwest Research Institute, Ultima Thule, Ultima, Jim Bridenstine, Hal Weaver, Eve Ultima, JHUAPL NASANew Horizons


NASA just pulled off humanity's farthest-ever visit to a space object — the New Horizons probe successfully flew by Ultima Thule

NASA's New Horizons probe successfully flew past a space rock called Ultima Thule, also known as 2014 MU69, on New Year's Day. Ultima Thule, which is 4 billion miles from Earth (and 1 billion miles beyond Pluto), is now the most distant object humanity has ever visited. The nuclear-powered spacecraft recorded hundreds photos of Ultima Thule, and it will beam that data home over ther next two years. The flyby may reveal secrets of how planets in our solar system formed some 4.5 billion years a...
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NASA just pulled off humanity's farthest-ever visit to a space object — the New Horizons probe's successfully flew by Ultima Thule

NASA's New Horizons probe successfully flew past a space rock called Ultima Thule, also known as 2014 MU69, on New Year's Day. Ultima Thule, which is 4 billion miles from Earth (and 1 billion miles beyond Pluto), is now the most distant object humanity has ever visited. The nuclear-powered spacecraft recorded hundreds photos of Ultima Thule, and it will beam that data home over ther next two years. The flyby may reveal secrets of how planets in our solar system formed some 4.5 billion years a...
Tags: Youtube, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Egypt, New York Times, Argentina, Hubble Space Telescope, New Horizons, Pluto, Kuiper Belt, Sofia, Stern, Ultima Thule, Ultima, John Spencer


NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Signals Successful Flyby of Ultima Thule, the Most Distant Object Ever Visited

Now scientists await pictures and a bounty of new data about a small, mysterious icy body four billion miles from Earth.
Tags: News, Nasa, Kuiper Belt, Stern, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Ultima Thule, Space and Astronomy, New Horizons (Spacecraft, 2014 MU69, S Alan


New Horizons Mission Awaits Successful Flyby Signal From Ultima Thule, the Most Distant Object Ever Visited

In the days and months to come, a bounty of new data about a small, mysterious icy body four billion miles could be transmitted back to Earth.
Tags: News, Kuiper Belt, Stern, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space and Astronomy, New Horizons (Spacecraft, 2014 MU69, S Alan


New Horizons: Nasa spacecraft makes historic flyby of Ultima Thule four billion miles away 

A Nasa spacecraft has conducted a historic flyby of the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body ever explored by humankind. The US space agency was hoping to take a closer look at a tiny, distant world called Ultima Thule early on Tuesday, hoping the frozen cosmic object will reveal some clues as to how planets took shape 4.6 billion years ago.   It rang in the New Year with a live online broadcast to mark New Horizons' zoom past the mysterious object located about four billion...
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New Horizons Spacecraft Completes Flyby of Ultima Thule, the Most Distant Object Ever Visited

Now, scientists await confirmation that the visit succeeded, and a bounty of new data about a small, mysterious icy body four billion miles from Earth.
Tags: News, Kuiper Belt, Stern, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Ultima Thule, Space and Astronomy, New Horizons (Spacecraft, 2014 MU69, S Alan