Meet Ultima Thule: Dark as potting soil and shaped like a snowman, first images reveal

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 20:20 in Astronomy & Space

It’s rust-colored and lumpy. It’s about as dark as potting soil. And shaped like a snowman. Two days after NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft hurtled past a small, frozen world 4.5 billion miles from Earth, Ultima Thule is finally coming into focus. “What we are seeing is the first contact binary ever...

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