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Why Isn't Pluto A Planet Anymore?

Sorry, Pluto. Not everyone can be a planet.
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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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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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Craters On Pluto And Charon Show Kuiper Belt Lacks Small Bodies

When New Horizons flew past Pluto and its moon Charon in 2015, it took a lot of pictures. From studying those images, scientists have recently realized that while both bodies are covered in craters, almost none of those craters are small, meaning...
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Snapshot: World's Largest Bee Rediscovered In Indonesia

What a bee! Lost to the science since 1981, the world’s largest bee (Megachile pluto) has been rediscovered on an island in Indonesia. Its non-scientific name is Wallace’s giant bee, named for British entomologist Alfred Russel Wallace,...

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A 23rd-century Tourist Guide To The Galaxy (pictures) - Cnet

By 2200, Mars and Pluto could be on your travel bucket list. As NASA and Elon Musk make plans to visit the red planet, we've compiled our own list of future interplanetary and even interstellar adventures.
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Ultima Thule Beyond Pluto Is Flat Like A Pancake (and Not A Space Snowman After All)

The final photos that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snapped of Ultima Thule during the probe's epic Jan. 1 flyby reveal the distant object to be much flatter than scientists had thought.
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A 'ridiculous' Yet Simple Animation By A Nasa Scientist Shows How Long It Takes Light To Reach...

The speed of light is about 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second) in a vacuum. That can be tough to comprehend, so a scientist at NASA created several simple animations to demonstrate light's speed. His latest video — which he...
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Charon's Icy Surface Erupted From An Underground Ocean

While New Horizons is exploring new targets, researchers are still working on the mountains of data it returned in 2015 from its visit to Pluto and its moon Charon. Charon is Pluto's largest companion, and like Pluto, it has a complicated, icy...
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What Happens When You Go Beyond The Final Frontier?

It was a New Year's Eve like no other. First of all, the big celebration started a half hour after midnight. Children were waving mini-flags, surrounded by throngs of giddy planetary scientists. And four billion miles away, one billion miles past...

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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...

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New Horizons Beams Back Most Detailed View Yet Of Super-distant World, Mu69

The legendary New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the most detailed image yet of MU69 — the most distant object a human spacecraft has ever explored. At some four billion miles from Earth, and one billion miles past Pluto, MU69 (which also...
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Nasa Reveals Video Of Probe's Close Flyby Of Asteroid On Solar System's Edge

The peculiar shape of the Ultima Thule, the asteroid located some 1 billion miles (1.6 billion km) past Pluto, which the New Horizons space probe flew past on January 1, has got space enthusiasts talking.
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Nasa Photographs Icy, Reddish 'space Snowman' Discovered Beyond Pluto

The "snowman" is roughly 1 billion miles away from Pluto – making it the most distant object ever visited by a spacecraft.        
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Pluto And Beyond: After Historic Flyby, New Horizons Probe Treks Deeper On Hunt For Moons

After studying a space rock some 4 billion miles (6.4 billion km) from Earth, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft set off on a new hunt for moons in the solar system’s most distant edge, searching for clues on our solar family’s creation,...
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Now View Ultima Thule In 3d

Today we’re getting a better look at the furthest space object viewed relatively up-close by a human-made craft: Ultima Thule! This space body – likely made of mostly ice-like material – is out beyond Pluto. This...

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Images Reveal A 'snowman' At The Frigid Outer Reaches Of Our Solar System

Scientists say Ultima Thule, a newly explored world out beyond Pluto, is a relic from our solar system's earliest days.(Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute)
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From Volcanoes On Mars To Scarps On Mercury – How Places On Other Worlds Get Their Names

The New Horizons spacecraft, which flew past Pluto in 2015, successfully completed a flyby of "Ultima Thule", an object in the Kuiper belt of bodies beyond Neptune on January 1, 2019. The name Ultima Thule, signifying a distant unknown place, is...
Related topics: Volcanoes, Mars, Space, Spacecrafts, Kuiper Belt, Neptune

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Scientists React As Nasa Spacecraft Dashes By World Past Pluto

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has survived humanity's most distant exploration of another world. Flight controllers in Laurel, Maryland, received word from the spacecraft on Tuesday, 10 hours after the middle-of-the-night...
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