Given space, it is not surprising that we know very little about it. In most cases, we can only guess on the basis of the images our land telescopes and several orbital satellites captured in the sky when they reached a few spacecraft. Until New Horizons made a historic Pluto flight, we finally looked at the humiliated planet. Now, New Horizons says goodbye to other fellow neighbors of the faraway distance, but not before throwing scientists new puzzles related to Ultima Thule.
Ultima Thule, officially named 2014 MU69, is the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO), the most distant world ever explored in our solar system. Or maybe better say "worlds". Ultima Thule actually consists of two connected forms called Ultima and Thule, which were first considered spherical, earning the nickname "snowman." However, as with any space, nothing seems to be the case
It is not so easy to get accurate information about the entire Ultima Thule form, taking into account factors such as the distance from the sun, the light in front, and the New Horizon's 50,000 km / h speed. Add the fact that the spacecraft used long exposure times to increase the camera signal level, and you feel a lot of blur. Because of some of the processing and monitoring that the stars are blocking in the form of Ultima Thule, NASA scientists have been able to better assess the body of the KBO
Instead of the snowman, Ultima Thule is better described as a walnut, beaten pancake. Of course, this is not yet a 1