NASA gets ever-closer to its encounter with a distant world 1 billion miles past Puto

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It’s getting bigger.

Last week, NASA released photos of the space exploration craft New Horizons gradually approaching an ancient, little-known object in deep space, called Ultima Thule. 

Ultima orbits the sun one billion miles past Pluto, and NASA expects to swoop close to the far-off object soon after midnight, on January 1, 2019.

It will be humanity’s farthest-ever encounter with another world.

“What will Ultima reveal? No one knows,” Alan Stern, the NASA planetary scientist leading the deep space mission, wrote last week. 

Ultima Thule getting bigger, and brighter.

Ultima Thule getting bigger, and brighter.

Image: nasa

NASA suspects Ultima is a type of icy mass formed some 4.5 billion years ago, during the inception of our solar system.  Read more…

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NASA gets ever-closer to its encounter with a distant world 1 billion miles past Puto