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Webcast: New Horizons flying by Ultima Thule New Year’s Day

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Rendering of Ultima Thule with scale  For a far out New Year’s Day, try Ultima Thule, 4 billion km from the sun. “The object was subsequently designated 2014 MU69, given the minor planet number 485968, and based on public votes, nicknamed “Ultima Thule”, which means ‘beyond the known world.’”

Added January 1, 2019: Here’s the PBS program, free for four weeks.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is about the make the most distant planetary flyby in the history of spaceflight, and you can follow the action live.

At 12:33 a.m. EST (0533 GMT) on Jan. 1, New Horizons will zoom past the small object Ultima Thule, which lies 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto in the realm of icy bodies known as the Kuiper Belt. Mike Wall, “How to Watch New Horizons’ Ultima Thule Flyby on New Year’s Day: A Webcast Guide” at Space.com

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One Reply to “Webcast: New Horizons flying by Ultima Thule New Year’s Day

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    tjguy says:

    What do you think the chances are of them finding young features or that the whole thing will look much younger than thought? Seems to be a common thing these days.

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