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Meet #UltimaThule! After flying by the most distant object ever explored, our New Horizons spacecraft beamed back the first pictures and science data. These new images, taken from as close as 17,000 miles, revealed that this object is a “contact binary,” consisting of two connected spheres. End to end, Ultima Thule measures 19 miles in length. The team has dubbed the larger sphere “Ultima” and the smaller sphere “Thule”. The team says that the two spheres likely joined as early as 99 percent of the way back to the formation of the solar system, colliding no faster than two cars in a fender-bender. It likely formed over time as a rotating cloud of small, icy bodies started to combine. Eventually, 2 larger bodies remained and slowly spiraled closer until they touched, forming the bi-lobed object we see today. 
Studying Ultima Thule is helping us understand how planets form — both those in our own solar system and those orbiting other stars in our galaxy. Data from the New Year's Day flyby will continue to arrive over the next weeks and months, with much higher resolution images yet to come.

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute 
#nasa #space #kuiperbelt #ultimathule #science #explore #spacecraft #newhorizons #newyearseve #newyearsday #discovery #contactbinary #data #spheres #solarsystem
Meet #UltimaThule! After flying by the most distant object ever explored, our New Horizons spacecraft beamed back the first pictures and science data. These new images, taken from as close as 17,000 miles, revealed that this object is a “contact binary,” consisting of two connected spheres. End to end, Ultima Thule measures 19 miles in length. The team has dubbed the larger sphere “Ultima” and the smaller sphere “Thule”. The team says that the two spheres likely joined as early as 99 percent of the way back to the formation of the solar system, colliding no faster than two cars in a fender-bender. It likely formed over time as a rotating cloud of small, icy bodies started to combine. Eventually, 2 larger bodies remained and slowly spiraled closer until they touched, forming the bi-lobed object we see today.
Studying Ultima Thule is helping us understand how planets form — both those in our own solar system and those orbiting other stars in our galaxy. Data from the New Year's Day flyby will continue to arrive over the next weeks and months, with much higher resolution images yet to come.

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
#nasa #space #kuiperbelt #ultimathule #science #explore #spacecraft #newhorizons #newyearseve #newyearsday #discovery #contactbinary #data #spheres #solarsystem
Majd Jeries (@majd.jeries.50)
Majd Jeries (@majd.jeries.50)
09.02.2019 21:43:20

BU YALAN

CaptainKirk95 (@captain.kirk95)
CaptainKirk95 (@captain.kirk95)
11.02.2019 00:08:13

Is this a joke? Jeez it’s like they’re not even trying anymore to do an effort anymore. My little brother can do better on photoshop. Oh wait they already are using photoshop 🤭

babaki (@babaki30008)
babaki (@babaki30008)
11.02.2019 21:37:30

Is the spacecraft of the new horizons turning around the MU-69 or passing it? And after visiting this asteroid, what is the next mission of the new horizons?

@thegreatbillionairejesse
@thegreatbillionairejesse
12.02.2019 07:12:11

I've touched giant extraterrestrial iron meteorites as old as the sun from some unknown part of the universe before at the space museum -- the giant iron meteorites felt like smooth metal boulders... 💖🌎🌞 @nasa @nasahubble

Annice Stokesa (@annicetokesa)
Annice Stokesa (@annicetokesa)
12.02.2019 08:40:53

nice~👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩Unbelievable, I love it really, give thanks you for allowing for me learn, my friend.

Pato_Soo (@patoscontador)
Pato_Soo (@patoscontador)
12.02.2019 18:11:50

www.revelacionesmarianas.com ( cuerpo celeste ).

Bae-89 (@bae____89)
Bae-89 (@bae____89)
13.02.2019 20:45:08

AmAziiiiing!!!!😍

Karen Nash (@nashtunes)
Karen Nash (@nashtunes)
14.02.2019 04:09:51

@pianomalone I’m pretty sure this was what was in my ear.

святослав (@sviatoslav7055)

Круто

Khalil Mahdi (@khalilmahdi_page_success)

👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻❤️...

Rachel (@rachelg114)
Rachel (@rachelg114)
15.02.2019 12:53:14

How far away from Pluto is it?

Rachel Matta Grissom (@rachelwhatsthemattag)

@gabveltreroche this is the thing I was taking about

Ashirai Buyisiwe Sithole (@ashirai_29)

@nasa - do you know that this is myself @Ashirai_29 and @mrvusithembekwayo

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