During the convergence of scientific instruments and cameras should show how many in reality of bodies is the object, does he have a companion, or dust ring, to tell about the geological features, topography and composition of the surface and have the gas of the coma.
The New Horizons probe is about the size of a grand piano.
Despite the uncertainty, tonight's gathering had numerous trappings of a New Year's Eve party, including sparkling wine and party hats. Previously, New Horizons swooped by Pluto in 2015, capturing the icy, mountainous world in unprecedented detail. "Beyond the terrestrial planets lie the giant planets, and beyond the giant planets lies the Kuiper Belt", Stern says.
'In effect, Ultima should be a valuable window into the early stages of planet formation and what the solar system was like over 4.5 billion years ago'.
"The Voyagers and Pioneers flew through the Kuiper Belt at a time when we didn't know this region existed", Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division, said in a statement. Data from watching this KBO pass in front of known background stars suggests that this is the likely shape of Ultima Thule.
'Ultima was formed in the middle of the Kuiper Belt, where temperatures are close to absolute zero, ' Stern wrote. Detailed images won't be available immediately, as it takes around six hours for the data to arrive back on Earth.
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The New Horizons spacecraft flew by Ultima Thule at a distance of 3,500 km. That flyby revealed that even little Pluto, more than three billion miles from the sun, is an active world with shifting plains, glaciers and mountains that reach up to about 15,000 feet. That's what a spacecraft has done.
And even though missions have flown through the Kuiper Belt, considered the third zone of the solar system, they weren't able to explore it because scientists didn't even know about it until the 1990s.
After closely studying the asteroid for several weeks, Osiris-Rex fired its thrusters to bring it into orbit around Bennu at 7.43pm United Kingdom time on New Year's Eve.
The Osiris-Rex spacecraft is now orbiting Bennu - a tiny asteroid that is just 500m (1,600ft) long and found 70 million miles from Earth. NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce reports. "So stay tuned. There are no second chances for New Horizons". It's been flying through space for over a dozen years. It made a flyby of Pluto in July 2015 and spend six months gathering data from Pluto, while snapping lovely pictures of the dwarf planet. What had always been just a fuzzy circle in photographs was revealed to be a stunning, dark reddish world made of frozen nitrogen and methane with ice mountains.
Brian May, Queen guitarist and astrophysicist, is also a participating scientist in the New Horizons mission. This mission always planned to visit another icy world after speeding past Pluto. "To show that presence, to really be here for these missions as we do these very challenging maneuvers".
Although the image provided a new look at Ultima Thule, it lacks detail. This object is pretty small, only about 20 miles across. It's a tougher encounter than at Pluto because of the considerable unknowns and because the spacecraft is older.