Ultima Thule latest: less Star Wars, more Star Trek

At one point, the distant world Ultima Thule was assumed to be more or less a rocky ball. As New Horizons got closer, its shape was described as a bowling pin, then a snowman and now it's changed once again. New images snapped as the probe sped away from the object show that Ultima Thule is more like a flat "pancake" stuck to a "dented walnut," leaving astronomers puzzled as to how such a shape is even possible... Continue Reading Flatland: New images reveal Ultima Thule's shape is a "scientific puzzle" Category: Space Tags: Astronomy Johns Hopkins University Kuiper Belt NASA New Horizons Solar System

Ultima Thule latest: less Star Wars, more Star Trek

Images from New Horizons reveal unexpected aspects of the Kuiper Belt object. Richard A Lovett reports.

Tue 12 Feb 19 from Cosmos Magazine

Nasa's New Horizons: 'Space snowman' appears squashed

At first the distant icy object Ultima Thule looked like a snowman. Now it's a "gingerbread man".

Sat 9 Feb 19 from BBC News

NASA farewell view of Ultima Thule shows a 'giant pancake' - CNET

New Horizons' last look at the Kuiper Belt object deflates its earlier snowman appearance.

Mon 11 Feb 19 from CNET

Ultima Thule Beyond Pluto Is Flat Like a Pancake (and Not a Space Snowman After All)

The final photos that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snapped of Ultima Thule during the probe's epic Jan. 1 flyby reveal the distant object to be much flatter than scientists had thought.

Mon 11 Feb 19 from Livescience

New Photos Reveal Ultima Thule Is a Pancake Stuck to a Dented Walnut

Ultima Thule isn't the snowman-shaped object we thought it was. It's more of a lumpy-pancake-meets-mashed-walnut kind of thing. The post New Photos Reveal Ultima Thule Is a Pancake Stuck to ...

Mon 11 Feb 19 from Extremetech

Mysterious space object Ultima Thule looks a 'giant pancake' and NASA isn't sure why

After initially thinking it looked like a reddish snowman, because of its two components, the icy object known as Ultima Thule has melted into "giant pancake" and "a dented walnut," NASA said ...

Mon 11 Feb 19 from FOXNews


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