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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...
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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

Bland, no moons, no craters, no atmosphere. Welcome to Ultima Thule

The Kuiper Belt Object looks dull, but that’s what make it exciting. Richard A Lovett reports.
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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

New Horizons: Ultima Thule 'a time machine' to early Solar System

Ultima Thule has been described as a Frankenstein object, composed of "poorly formed snowmen".
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How Ultima Thule Is Like a Sticky, Pull-Apart Pastry

Scientists from the New Horizons mission presented their latest findings about the small distant object visited by the NASA spacecraft at the start of the year.
Tags: News, Research, Nasa, Planets, Solar System, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Ultima Thule, Space and Astronomy, New Horizons (Spacecraft

Ultima Thule latest: an ancient red worldlet, dancing lobe to lobe

Findings from New Horizons continue to shed light on the Kuiper Belt Object. Richard A Lovett reports.
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Ultima Thule in 3D

Victorian-era photographic gimmickry produces fantastic new view of Kuiper Belt Object.
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Thought you'd seen everything there is to Ultima Thule? Check this out: IN STEREO!

3D glasses required... or you can try squinting at the screen The New Horizons scientists have released a fresh 3D image of the Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 – also known as Ultima Thule.…
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Here’s what the weather looks like on Uranus and Neptune

The outer region of the solar system may be the least explored, but scientists have managed to unravel several of its mysteries in recent weeks. On New Year’s Day, the NASA spacecraft New Horizons encountered the icy object Ultima Thule for the first time, shedding light on how it formed. Astronomers have also just discovered a previously unknown moon orbiting Neptune, which has been dubbed “Hippocamp”. Another discovery, thanks to new images from the Hubble Space Telescope, is that there’s a va...
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SpaceX's Demo-1 green lit for launch as Virgin enjoys a brief ménage à trois aboard VSS Unity

Plus: Up close and personal with Ultima Thule and Fregat saves the day Roundup Scientists sharpened their view of Ultima Thule last week, while three more space Virgins popped their commercial astro cherries aboard SpaceShipTwo and Elon Musk revealed the fate he has in store for last week's Falcon 9.…
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Software, Virgin, Falcon, Ultima Thule, VSS Unity, Fregat

As Good As It Gets

This is the highest-resolution image of 2014 MU69, an object encountered by the New Horizons spacecraft on January 1. The picture, which was released February 22, is a composite of nine images snapped by New Horizons, from a range of about 4,100 miles (6,600 km). The images were only recently transmitted to Earth by the spacecraft, which is more than four billion miles away. This view reveals unusual circular features on the surface of 2014 MU69, which has been nicknamed Ultima Thule by the New ...
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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...
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Meet Hippocamp: Neptune's Smallest Moon Has a Name (and a Violent Past)

A faint and frigid little moon doesn't have to go by "Neptune XIV" anymore.Astronomers have given a name -- "Hippocamp" -- to the most recently discovered moon of Neptune, which also formerly went by S/2004 N1. They've figured out how big the satellite is as well, and teased out some interesting details about its past, a new study reports.A team led by Mark Showalter, of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, California, announced the existence of...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Saturn, University Of Virginia, Hubble Space Telescope, Neptune, International Astronomical Union, Greco Roman, Tate, Mountain View California, Showalter, Mike Wall, Mark Showalter, Ultima Thule, Proteus, Hippocamp

Ultima Thule latest: less Star Wars, more Star Trek

Images from New Horizons reveal unexpected aspects of the Kuiper Belt object. Richard A Lovett reports.
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Ultima Thule: snowman-shaped space rock is actually 'flat like a pancake'

New photos give fresh perspective on the cosmic body and raise questions about how it was formedThe faraway space snowman visited by Nasa last month has a surprisingly flat — not round — behind.New photos from the New Horizons spacecraft offer a new perspective on the small cosmic body 4bn miles (6.4bn km) away. The two-lobed object, nicknamed Ultima Thule, is actually flatter on the backside than originally thought, according to scientists. Continue reading...
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New Horizons beams back a new revelation about Ultima Thule

When NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zoomed by the twin space rocks known collectively as Ultima Thule earlier this year, the images it sent back seemed to show a "space snowman" in all its glory. The photos showed two round lumps of rock attached by a thick "belt" in a shape known as a contact binary.Photos don't lie but they can't be a bit misleading, even in space. Now, astronomers have been thrown for a loop when New Horizons' final series of images of Ultima Thule reveal that...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule, Yep Ultima Thule

NASA’s faraway space snowman has flat, not round, behind

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The faraway space snowman visited by NASA last month has a flat — not round — behind. New photos from the New Horizons spacecraft offer a new perspective on the small cosmic body 4 billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers) away. Scientists say the two-lobed object, nicknamed Ultima Thule, is actually […]
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Ultima Thule doesn't actually look like a space snowman after all, new NASA photos show

The distant space rock floating four billion miles away might actually look like a giant pancake and a 'dented walnut,' New Horizons photos show.
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Holy planetesimal formation, Batman! Ultima Thule's no snowman – it's a friggin' pancake

Latest data dribble from distant New Horizons reveals things are strange out there NASA's New Horizons probe mission has once again given boffins something exciting to think about. New data sent back to Earth has meant they'll need to rework our understanding about the shape of 2014 MU69 (aka Ultima Thule).…
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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 ...
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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

NASA Shows Ultima Thule is not a Snowman But a Flat Pancake and a Walnut

Newly released NASA images contain important scientific information about the shape of Ultima Thule double asteroid. Above – Scientists’ understanding of Ultima Thule has changed as they review... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Nasa's New Horizons: 'Space snowman' appears squashed

At first the distant icy object Ultima Thule looked like a snowman. Now it's a "gingerbread man".
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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...
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Ultima Thule’s peculiar shape is a puzzle for scientists

Ultima Thule, the farthest object ever explored, has yet more mysteries to reveal. Forget the debates about whether it is looks most like a snowman or more like Star Wars' BB-8 -- it is even more oddly shaped than previously thought. The post Ultima Thule’s peculiar shape is a puzzle for scientists appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Space, News, Trends, Nasa, Shape, Emerging Tech, Ultima Thule, Kuiper Belt Object

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

'We've never seen something like this orbiting the sun': Scientists are puzzled by the shape of the most distant object ever explored

NASA's New Horizons probe flew by a space rock called 2014 MU69, the most distant space object ever visited by humanity, on New Year's Day. Also called Ultima Thule, the rock is more than 4 billion miles away. The newest image sequence of Ultima Thule has reveals that the rock is not spherical, as scientists previously thought, but rather flat. New Horizons captured hundreds of photos of the object, but it will take the probe up to 20 months to beam back all that data. The most distant object...
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