Kuiper Belt

Nasa’s First Kuiper Belt Flyby Reveals Ultima Thule’s Ancient Secrets

NASA’s New Horizons mission team just published results on the first Kuiper Belt flyby, and it explores the mysterious formation of Ultima Thule and details on its ancient past. The New Horizons Science […] The post NASA’s First...
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Nasa Details The Most Distant World We've Ever Observed

Back in February, NASA released the clearest images of Ultima Thule -- the Kuiper Belt object New Horizons got close to in a flyby, which makes it the farthest world we've ever explored. Now, the New Horizons team has published the first...
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First Results From New Horizons’ Time In The Kuiper Belt

Enlarge / When Ultima met Thule. A view of the two-lobed body, showing the bright neck and the large Maryland crater. (credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University APL/Southwest Research Institute.) For many at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics...
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Scientists Investigate Dwarf Planet's Ring

Discovered in 2004, Haumea is a dwarf planet located beyond Pluto's orbit in a region of the solar system called the Kuiper Belt. Pluto was demoted from the category of fully fledged planets in 2006 because of the discovery of Haumea and other dwarf...
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New Horizons Team Unravels The Many Mysteries Of Ultima Thule

The farthest object ever explored is slowly revealing its secrets, as scientists piece together the puzzles of Ultima Thule – the Kuiper Belt object NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew past on New Year's Day, four billion miles from Earth.
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Pluto And Charon Don’t Have Enough Small Craters

The New Horizons team just shared new findings about the lack of small craters on Pluto and Charon's surface, which reveal things about the Kuiper Belt. The post Pluto and Charon Don’t Have Enough Small Craters appeared first on Universe Today.
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Craters On Pluto Suggest Kuiper Belt Ate Its Smaller Bodies

Enlarge / A view of Vulcan Planitia's craters on Charon. (credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/K. Singer) What did the earliest bodies in our Solar System look like, and what was their fate?...
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Nasa Shares New Horizons Ultima Thule Image Taken Only Minutes Before Its Closest Flyby

NASA has shared a new image from the New Horizons spacecraft that was snapped only a few minutes before its closest flyby of Ultima Thule on New Year’s Day. The image, seen below, is the most detailed ever taken of the Kuiper Belt object and...
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Nasa Releases Sharpest-ever Images Of Distant Kuiper Belt Object

The mysterious Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 now exists as more than a generic-looking blob. NASA has posted its sharpest-ever images of the object, captured a relatively close 4,109 miles away at 12:33AM on January 1st. While scientists already...
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Scientists Found The 'missing Link' In The Theory On How Planets Are Formed

Astronomers have spent years trying to prove a theory on how planets are formed from small asteroid-like objects called Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt Objects.
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Nasa's New Horizons Captures Most Detailed Photo Of 'space Snowman' Ultima Thule Yet 

NASA's New Horizons has sent back the best image of Kuiper Belt object (KBO) 2014 MU69, more popularly known as Ultima Thule, which it flew past on New Year's Day.
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Discovery Of 1.3km Radius Body In The Edgeworth-kuiper Belt Is A First For Astronomers

Astronomers are excited and have announced that a small and underfunded project has made a world’s first discovery. For the first time, astronomers have been able to detect a 13km radius body at the edge of the solar system. Kilometer size...
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Astronomers Have Spotted A Mysterious Object Floating At The Edge Of The Solar System

Astronomers have discovered an enigmatic object at the fringes of our solar system. The newfound object is only 1.6 miles wide (1.3 kilometers in radius) and was spotted by Japanese researchers all the way in the Kuiper Belt — the distant disk of...
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Gawk At Clearest Image Yet Of Ultima Thule

NASA on Thursday revealed the latest and greatest picture of Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule. Snapped during New Horizons’ Jan. 1 flyby, this image is the clearest view yet of 2014 MU69—the most […] The post Gawk At Clearest Image Yet...
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Scientist Anticipated "snowman" Asteroid Appearance

On Jan. 2, the New Horizons spacecraft made the most distant flyby ever attempted, successfully returning images of the Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule. While the world is agog at the so-called "snowman" shape of this icy asteroid, the concept is...
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We Just Flew Past A Kuiper Belt Object. Here's Why We Should Do It Again.

Kuiper Belt objects like the one New Horizons just flew past are a dime a dozen, but scientists have detailed spacecraft observations of just three such distant, frozen worlds.
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Space Photos Of The Week: A Cosmic Light Show Rings In 2019

We start with a view of Earth, then speed out past the Kuiper Belt into deep space.
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​nasa Releases Close-up Images Of Ultima Thule, Farthest Object Ever Explored By Humans

Ultima Thule, officially known as (486958) 2014 MU69, is a space rock located in the Kuiper belt outside of our solar system.NASA's New Horizons probe flew past Ultima Thule on New Year's Day, snapping hundreds of photos in the process.The data...
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Ultima Thule Looks Like A Snowman In First New Horizons Images

NASA this week released the first detailed images of the Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule—the most distant entity ever explored. This “new kind of world,” as described by the Johns Hopkins University Applied […] The post Ultima...
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The Morning After: Apple's Bad News

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Everyone's back, and just in time too -- a pair of space missions are making history from Earth's moon to the Kuiper Belt, and we're preparing for an 8K onslaught during CES. Also, Tim Cook gave...
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