On New Year’s Eve, NASA’s Horizons Probe Will Explore the Distant World Beyond Pluto
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On New Year’s Eve, NASA’s Horizons Probe Will Explore the Distant World Beyond Pluto

NASA’s new Horizon probe is ready to explore the world beyond Pluto. It will fly past 2014 MU69 in the early hours of 1st January 2019. The spacecraft will snap photos of Ultima Thule, an object farther than the last planet in the solar system. Therefore, the new year’s beginning will be a starting point revealing operating of the New Horizons spacecraft. The flyby will take place on the first day of the new year, and the rocket will continue exploring the Kuiper Belt until the upcoming two years. While Ultima seems to be a surprisingly dark world. Whereas there are a number of probable explanations of the location, but none of them have any previous case in the solar system.

Over last two weeks, the spacecraft gradually made its proceed towards Ultima Thule. Moreover, to ensure that the New Horizon is on the right track the scientists performed a series of tests and orbit corrections. While operating, they took care that the spacecraft should not collide with any space debris. Although, the team of observers, i.e., New Horizon watch team consists of 12 scientists. On 15th December, the team used New Horizons’ telescopic Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) to verify the safety of approach path. However, if they had detected any obstructions in the current approach path, the space agency would have selected a secondary route.

Scientists use a method to figure out the exact shape of small objects, and it is they observe light curve of the object. All in all, it means that looking at how the sunrays reflect the object changes as time passes. The technique can discover how fast the object is spinning and the shape of it. But in the case of Ultima Thule, there are entirely different prospects. Previously, researches revealed that the object could be shapeless. Moreover, there may be two different objects orbiting each other. That means the object must have a pretty erratic light curve, but it’s not present. Yes, the New Horizon’s team has not yet discovered any light curve. Finally, New Horizons will capture images from the flyby and clear the hypothesis made by researchers.

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