(486958) 2014 MU69

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(486958) 2014 MU69 "Ultima Thule" is a trans-Neptunian object located in the Kuiper belt. The space probe New Horizons passed by Ultima Thule in early January, 2019, imaging the dwarf planet in decent quality.[1] Ultima Thule likely originated as two separate minor planets which eventually touched each other and fused.

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2014 MU69 ("Ultima Thule") on 1 January 2019[2]
Composite of low-res color and higher-res B&W images of 2014 MU69.
Sharpened vs original image of Ultima Thule – 30 minutes before closest approach – 28,000 km (17,000 mi) away.
NASA notes that "Ultima Thule" looks like a 'snowman'[3][4]
3D version – taken by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) at 4:23 and 5:01 UT on 1 January 2019 from 61,000 km (38,000 mi) and 28,000 km (17,000 mi), at 310 and 140 m per pixel.
Two images of 2014 MU69, taken 54 seconds apart, about 70 minutes before closest approach. At that time, the New Horizons spacecraft was about 61,000 km (38,000 miles) from Ultima Thule.
Wiggle stereograph to show polar region surface – taken by LORRI at 4:23 UTC and 5:01 UTC on 1 January 2019 from 61,000 km (38,000 mi) and 28,000 km (17,000 mi), at 310 and 140 m per pixel[3]
Ultima Thule – Reflectivity variations

References[edit]

  1. https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2019/01/2014-mu69-contact-binary-first-new-horizons-returns/
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