Kuiper Belt

Swri To Conduct Largest-ever Hubble Survey Of The Kuiper Belt

NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) recently awarded Southwest Research Institute the largest Hubble Space Telescope (HST) solar system program ever, with 206 of Hubble's orbits around the Earth allocated to the project. The Solar...
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Ultima Thule Is Unlike Anything We’ve Seen In The Solar System

It turns out Ultima Thule is a kind of lumpy space snowman. If you've been following NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, you know Ultima Thule is an object in Kuiper Belt, the donut-shaped region of icy bodies beyond Pluto. New Horizons made...
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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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New Horizons Research Indicates Small Kuiper Belt Objects Are Surprisingly Rare

Using New Horizons data from the Pluto-Charon flyby in 2015, a Southwest Research Institute-led team of scientists have indirectly discovered a distinct and surprising lack of very small objects in the Kuiper Belt. The evidence for the paucity of...
Related topics: Pluto, Scientific Discoveries

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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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Space Pancake: Nasa's New Horizons Shows New Snaps Of Distant World Ultima Thule

On the first day of the New Year, humanity became a little bit more familiar with the unknown. Fascinating fresh images have been taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft showing a view of Kuiper Belt object (KBO) - MU69, which goes by the nickname...
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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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'missing Link' Discovered: Mysterious Deep Space Object May Hold Secrets To Planet Formation

A mysterious space rock discovered by scientists may unlock the secrets behind planet formation. Described by researchers as the "missing link," the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) is a space rock around 0.8 miles (1.3 kilometers) wide found inside the...
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Tiny Object Found At The Edge Of The Solar System For The First Time. A Kuiper Belt Object That’s...

The Kuiper Belt, or the Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt, is home to ancient rocks. Kuiper Belt Objects, or KBOs, are remnants of the early planet-formation days of our Solar System. Small KBOs, in the 1 km. diameter range, have been theorized about for...
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Latest Image Of Ultima Thule Reveals New Details

Just after midnight on New Year’s Day, NASA’s New Horizon’s spacecraft flew past the Kuiper Belt object, 2014 MU69, more commonly known as Ultima Thule. Now, the best image of the object to-date has reached Earth, revealing previously unseen...
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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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New Ultima Thule Discoveries From Nasa's New Horizons

Data from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, which explored Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule earlier this week, is yielding scientific discoveries daily.
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‘we Left Our Galaxy’: Fox News Host Brian Kilmeade Flubs Report On Nasa Probe That’s Inside...

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade asserted incorrectly that NASA had sent a probe outside the Milky Way Galaxy to observe an object called Ultima Thule. Although Ultima Thule is located within our Solar System’s Kuiper belt, Kilmeade repeatedly...
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The Pictures Are Here! New Horizons Close Up View Of 2014 Mu69

On December 31st, 2018, NASA and the New Horizon‘s team (plus millions of people watching the live stream at home) rang in the New Year by watching the New Horizons mission make the first rendezvous in history with a Kuiper Belt Object (KBO)....
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