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SpaceX's next Starlink volley remains stuck on Earth to glee of astronomers everywhere

Plus: Did NASA just accidentally give the game away? Roundup Cygnus flies, SpaceX stands down, Rocket Lab is going to the Moon and New Horizons drops a massive dump (of new data) in this week's roundup. A heck of a way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of a view of Earth from really, really far away.…
Tags: Spacex, Nasa, Software, New Horizons, StarLink


Most distant object ever explored gives clues to how planets form

The distant Kuiper Belt object Arrokoth has supplied evidence of how the building blocks of planets formed.
Tags: News, Trends, New Horizons, Exoplanets, Planetary Formation, Emerging Tech, Space News, Arrokoth


Mysterious Object Beyond Pluto Could Help Explain How Our Solar System Formed

Nothing you encounter is truly “pristine.” Nearly every atom on our planet has been processed in some way, either by humans, the Sun, Earth’s core, or other influences. But on New Year’s Day 2019, the New Horizons mission flew past one of the most pristine objects in the solar system: Arrokoth, an object far beyond…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, New Horizons, Sun Earth, Ultima Thule, Planet Formation, Mu69, Arrokoth


How a space snowman called Arrokoth is shedding new light on planetary origins

The space snowman that was the focus of a close encounter with NASA's New Horizons probe last year is helping scientists answer a cosmic question: How did the building blocks of the solar system get their start? "This is a game-changer," said Alan Stern, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute and principal investigator for the New Horizons mission. Stern and other members of the New Horizons science team shared their latest findings about the snowman-shaped object now know...
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Pluto has a beating heart of frozen nitrogen. Here’s why

The heart-shaped Tombaugh Regio region drives atmospheric winds through cycle of evaporation and condensation.
Tags: News, Trends, New Horizons, Pluto, Solar System, Emerging Tech, Space News, Tombaugh Regio


Here are all the juicy details on Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches for Switch on March 20, 2020. Here is what we know about the latest adventure sponsored by Tom Nook that takes you to a relaxing paradise.
Tags: Gaming, Trends, Nintendo, New Horizons, Switch, Animal Crossing, Tom Nook


Fresh Look at New Horizons Data Shows Pluto’s ‘Far Side’ in Unprecedented Detail

When New Horizons zipped past Pluto on July 14, 2015, the NASA spacecraft was only able to observe one side of the dwarf planet. Scientists have now reviewed data collected by New Horizons during its approach and as it traveled away, resulting in the most detailed analysis yet of Pluto’s elusive far side.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Space Exploration, New Horizons, Pluto, Planetary Science, New Horizons Data Shows Pluto


Scientists Think They Know How Pluto's Hidden Ocean Stays Liquid

Recent results suggest that Pluto has a liquid water ocean buried beneath its icy shell. But how could such a thing be possible at the frigid outer edges of the solar system? Scientists from Japan and the United States might have an answer.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Japan, Science, United States, New Horizons, Pluto, Dwarf Planets, Kuiper Belt Objects


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 Most Distant Object Ever Explored Is Lumpy. And Astronomers Don't Know Why.

Ultima Thule is lumpy, and scientists aren't sure why.Just after midnight on Jan. 1, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zoomed past Ultima Thule, a small, frigid object that lies about 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond the orbit of Pluto. The photos New Horizons captured during that epic encounter revealed a world unlike any other ever seen up close. The 21-mile-wide (33 km) Ultima Thule is bilobed and therefore resembles a reddish snowman -- if that snowman had been flattened ...
Tags: Science, Washington, Nasa, New Horizons, Pluto, Stern, Thule, Boulder Colorado, Alan Stern, Southwest Research Institute, Ultima Thule, Ultima, Karl Tate, Outer Planets Assessment Group


New Horizons Team Shares Amazing New Details About Kuiper Belt Object MU69

Scientists with the New Horizons mission gathered together in Texas yesterday to discuss the latest findings about MU69. This distant Kuiper Belt object—which bears a striking resemblance to a flattened snowman—is turning out to be even weirder than we imagined.
Tags: Astronomy, Texas, Science, New Horizons, Kuiper Belt Objects, Ultima Thule, Mu69, Contact Binaries


Crater counts on Pluto, Charon show small Kuiper Belt objects surprisingly rare

Using New Horizons data from the Pluto-Charon flyby in 2015, scientists have indirectly discovered a distinct and surprising lack of very small objects in the Kuiper Belt. The evidence for the paucity of small Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) comes from New Horizons imaging that revealed a dearth of small craters on Pluto's largest satellite, Charon, indicating that impactors from 300 feet to 1 mile (91 meters to 1.6 km) in diameter must also be rare.
Tags: New Horizons, Pluto, Charon, Pluto Charon


SwRI-led New Horizons research indicates small Kuiper Belt objects are surprisingly rare

Using New Horizons data from the Pluto-Charon flyby in 2015, a Southwest Research Institute-led team of scientists have indirectly discovered a distinct and surprising lack of very small objects in the Kuiper Belt. The evidence for the paucity of small Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) comes from New Horizons imaging that revealed a dearth of small craters on Pluto's largest satellite, Charon, indicating that impactors from 300 feet to 1 mile (91 meters to 1.6 km) in diameter must also be rare.
Tags: New Horizons, Pluto, Charon, Southwest Research Institute


New Horizons captures highest resolution image yet of Ultima Thule

NASA researchers have managed to capture the highest resolution image yet of Ultima Thule, the oldest object ever explored by spacecraft. The new image was taken just 4,109 miles (6,628 kilometers) from the object. The post New Horizons captures highest resolution image yet of Ultima Thule appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Nasa, New Horizons, Emerging Tech, Kuiper Belt Objects, Ultima Thule, Long Range Reconnaissance Imager


New Horizons Beams Back Its Clearest Images of Ultima Thule Yet

Following our first good look at 2014 MU69 back in January, New Horizons has beamed back its crispest shots of the distant space object yet. The images have a resolution of resolution of roughly 110 feet per pixel, delivering on one of the mission’s challenging goals for observing the object nicknamed Ultima Thule.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Nasa, New Horizons, 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


NASA reveals best-yet image of twin space rocks Ultima Thule

NASA's 2019 started off with a bang as its New Horizons probe zipped by the most distant object mankind has ever tried to visit, a strange space rock known as Ultima Thule. Scientists quickly discovered that Ultima Thule isn't one object, but two, making it the first contact binary ever studied in such detail. Now, as NASA continues to gather more data from the flyby, the New Horizons team has revealed the most detailed glimpse yet of Ultima Thule, and it's a real stunner. In the n...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, New Horizons, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule, Ultima Thule Scientists


Scientists just released the best photo yet of the most distant object ever visited by humanity

NASA's New Horizons probe zoomed past a snowman-shaped space rock called 2014 MU69 (or Ultima Thule) on New Year's Day. Located 4 billion miles from Earth, MU69 is the most distant object humanity has ever visited. Although hundreds of photos of MU69 were recorded, all of the data will take about 20 months to download. A photo released on Thursday is the most detailed yet, and scientists say it presents "many mysteries." Weeks after NASA's New Horizons spacecraft made the farthest-ever visit ...
Tags: US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Tennessee, New Horizons, Pluto, Stern, Thule, Ultima Thule, Ultima Thule Alan Stern, Cathy Olkin, Olkin


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


Ultima Thule shows its lumps in latest images from New Horizons flyby

The rendezvous between the New Horizons probe and the distant object known as Ultima Thule was an historic moment, but after the mind-blowing imagery the craft sent back from Pluto, you could be forgiven for being a little disappointed in how indistinct the early imagery was. Those concerns should be partly alleviated by the latest image from the probe, which shows the rocky world in considerably greater detail. It’s still not exactly poster quality, but remember, this is being beamed back bi...
Tags: Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, New Horizons, Pluto, LORRI, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule


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


NASA's Photos of Ultima Thule Suggest Long-Ago Moons

"Scientists from NASA's New Horizons mission released the first detailed images of the most distant object ever explored," reports the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (which is operating the spacecraft). "Its remarkable appearance, unlike anything we've seen before, illuminates the processes that built the planets four and a half billion years ago." Tablizer (Slashdot reader #95,088) shares their report: "The new images -- taken from as close as 17,000 miles (27,000 kilometers) on approach --...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, New Horizons, SETI Institute, Ultima Thule, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Ultima Thule Suggest Long Ago Moons, Tablizer Slashdot


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


The Most Spectacular Image of the Day, Science-Wise

On January 1 New Horizons encountered the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule. Some 6.5 billion kilometers from the Sun, Ultima Thule is the most distant world ever explored by a spacecraft... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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NASA declares New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule a huge success

While most of us were popping the corks on bottles of champagne, NASA engineers were holding their breath as they watched the calendar flip to 2019 on the East Coast. That's because the New Horizons spacecraft, which has now traveled some 4 billion miles through our Solar System, finally made its flyby of the most distant object ever studied up close. The probe's target was the oblong space rock known as Ultima Thule, and even though the spacecraft passed the massive rock at around midn...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, East Coast, New Horizons, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule, Ultima


NASA’s New Horizons discovers Ultima Thule is not one object, but two

The past two days have been incredibly exciting for NASA and its New Horizons spacecraft. The probe made its much-anticipated flyby of the mysterious Solar System object called Ultima Thule early on January 1st, and NASA declared the mission a success after receiving word that the spacecraft gathered a wealth of science data. Now, as scientists begin studying the very first tidbits of information gathered by New Horizons we're learning a whole lot more about the rock. In fact, we just found ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, New Horizons, Ultima Thule


New Horizons Scientists Double Down on 'Ultima Thule' Nickname Despite Nazi Associations

The excitement around NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft arriving at its latest target, an oddly shaped object called (486958) 2014 MU69, has dredged up a fact that often goes unstated—the object’s nickname, “Ultima Thule,” carries links to Nazism.Read more...
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Queen guitarist Brian May released a new song celebrating NASA's historic visit to the farthest object ever explored — take a listen

NASA's New Horizons probe flew past the giant space rock MU69 on New Year's Day. MU69, also called Ultima Thule, is more than 4 billion miles away from Earth, making it the farthest object ever explored. Queen guitarist Brian May released a new song, "New Horizons," to celebrate the historic flyby. This is May's first solo release in more than two decades. The guitarist has a PhD in astrophysics and also worked with NASA's New Horizons science team. On New Year's Day, Queen guitarist Brian...
Tags: Florida, Trends, Nasa, Earth, New York Times, Stephen Hawking, Hubble Space Telescope, New Horizons, Pluto, Brian May, Thule, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule, Charon Pluto, Dave Mosher