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NASA New Horizons New Year Encounter

by Andrew Zarowny, 12/31/2018

 

While many of us will be deep in our hang overs on New Years Eve night, NASA has a treat for us space buffs on January 1, 2019. The New Horizons space probe will have an encounter with the most distant, named object in our solar system tomorrow. The spacecraft will fly-by Ultima Thule before exiting the solar system. This asteroid or planetoid is some 4 Billion miles away from the Sun and takes over a 1,000 years to orbit it. Also known as 2014 MU69, this worldlet is a billion miles further away from the Sun than Pluto is. The New Horizons spacecraft encountered Pluto 3 years ago in a fly-by. At 12:33 am EDT, New Year Day, New Horizons will pass Ultima Thule by some 2,200 miles.

 

 

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