Tematichnenko: icy object that we found beyond Pluto resembles a snowman
While you are celebrating Christmas and New Year, the spacecraft NASA 6 billion kilometers from Earth gives us its first images of close-up, which was the most distant object to which ever reaches the people. It was believed that it consists of two parts. And you will not believe, but it really looks like the most natural snowman, even slightly reddish, just in Christmas colors. Ultima Thule, tiny ice object consists of two fields of a fusion between one of which is three times larger than the other. Its length - 33 km.
Snowman on the edge of the Solar System
Spacecraft "New Horizons", the one that sent us pictures of Pluto's three and a half years ago, goes the ancient, mysterious object just for the New Year. However, due to the remoteness of the object - it is located at a distance of 1, 6 billion kilometers from Pluto - information and high-quality images started coming to us recently.
Tuesday blurred images taken the day before, showed that Ultima Thule resembles a bowling ball. But later it became clear that a bowling ball disappeared, and there was a snowman.
Celestial object called Ultima Thule - which means "outside the known world" - even before it became clear, one is an object or two. But now, when we had pictures, scientists called Ultima large sphere and small Tula.
Tula across about 14 kilometers, and Ultima - about 19 kilometers.
Scientist Jeff Moore of the Ames Research Center at NASA says that the two areas formed when the ice particles the size of a pebble merged in space billions of years ago. The spheres are then twisted toward each other until they merge, or even stuck.
In spite of the subtle connection point, the two share "firmly stick" together.
Object itself required 15 hours to complete the turn. If he moved faster, the scope would be impacted. However, scientists have gained less than 1% of all the data collected by the "New Horizons", there is still a collection of two years.
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