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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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

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.
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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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Newfound Distant Space Rock May Be Missing Link of Planet Formation

The far outer solar system is teeming with mountain-size space rocks left over from the planet-formation period, a new study suggests. Astronomers have apparently detected a 0.8-mile-wide (1.3 kilometers) object in the Kuiper Belt, the realm of icy bodies beyond Neptune's orbit. If the newfound candidate is confirmed, it would be the first Kuiper Belt object (KBO) ever known in this size range, study team members said. Scientists have spotted many KBOs over the years. But they tend to be m...
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NASA Releases New, High-Quality New Horizons Image of the Ultima Thule "Snowman" Asteroid

This new image highlights all kinds of features that weren't visible in the initial images.
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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...
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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 ...
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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

Crispest image yet of Ultima Thule arrives on Earth, but grab a coffee while the rest downloads

At up to 2,003bps, it'll be 2021 before we get all the data The New Horizons spacecraft has continued its dribble of data back to Earth with a fresh image of Ultima Thule.…
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Daily Crunch: Facebook is shutting down Moments

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Facebook is shutting down Moments; here’s how to save all your photos Facebook Moments, the standalone mobile app designed to let users privately share photos and videos, is shutting down next month. The reason is simple: Not many people used it. For those who did use it, there are two export options. On...
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Faraway space snowman is pitted and has bright ‘collar’

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The space snowman visited by NASA on New Year’s Day is pitted all over. It also has a bright “collar” around its two fused spheres. These are the newest details to emerge about Ultima Thule (TOO-lee), the most distant object ever explored. A close-up picture taken by NASA’s New Horizons […]
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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 Horizons probe sends a sharper view of space snowman … with a bashed-in face

NASA's New Horizons probe has already shown that its icy target, more than 4 billion miles away on the solar system's edge, looks like a cosmic snowman — but a higher-resolution version of the picture reveals the snowman to have an eerie pair of "eyes" set in what looks to be a deep depression. The 19-mile-long object — which is known by its official designation, 2014 MU69, or by its informal nickname, Ultima Thule — consists of what looks like two balls of ice and rock stuck together. S...
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This space object flips like an hourglass in video captured by NASA

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sent back several new images capturing Ultima Thule's rotation, the farthest object we've ever studied in our solar system.            [Author: Buzz60]
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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...
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Lights, camera, action! Tumbling space snowman in film debut

WASHINGTON (AP) — The tumbling space snowman is making its out-of-this-world film premiere. Scientists from NASA’s New Horizons mission on Tuesday released the first stitched together animation of Ultima Thule (TOO-lee), the most distant object ever explored by humans. The small, icy object is shown spinning end-over-end like a propeller. It is about 4 billion […]
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The artist who ‘saw’ Ultima Thule 40 years ago

Astronomer and painter imagined ‘snowman’ asteroids long before NASA proved their existence.
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Preliminary Results Published From New Horizons Flyby of MU69 'Ultima Thule'

RockDoctor writes: The NASA/SWRI/Lowell Observatory (and at least 3 universities) team managing the download of data from New Horizons has released a first look at the results downloaded so far. At the time of writing, about 4 days of about 600 days of downloading had been completed. The next milestone hinted at is for March 2019 when the LPSC (Lunar & Planetary Science Conference) will get another batch of data as the various science teams get more data out of the pipeline. Results: Firstly th...
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