"Cosmic snowman" seems to be more like "gingerbread".
Scientists researching a distant object known as Ultima Thule examines the latest images directed to the earth.
The small world looks dark, except sunlight from its end. But scientists can tell how the background stars blink and turn off, where its edges are
and not as two relatively spherical bodies that come into contact with each other. ] This is not the first snowman looking.
The New Horizons Science Team now says that the larger clove, called Ultima, is more like a huge pancake; and a smaller section called Thule is formed as a toothpick.
"We had the impression of Ultima Thule, given the limited number of images returned through the environment, but seeing more data, our approach has changed dramatically," explains Chief Researcher Prof Alan Stern.
"Reality Closer" Ultima Thule is smoother than pancake. However, more importantly, new images create scientific puzzles as such an object may even be formed. it orbits the sun. "
New Horizons Ultima Thule Flying Around 6.5 Billion Km From Earth The meeting brought a new record for the furthest ever visited solar system object
The meeting took place in a frozen region called Kuipero We hope that the structure and composition of Ultima Thule can reveal new insights into how all the planetary bodies appeared 4.6 billion years ago.
The newest photos were taken when New Horizons was about 8,000 km from the object
A large number of images will be released on time, but only slowly
The small size of New Horizons radio antenna combined with its low power and distance from Earth is the average data rate.
Twenty months postponed it would be possible to redirect all photos and other tracking data collected within a few hours of the nearest approach on January 19th