New Horizons’ Next Target

(Syfy Wire::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

Astronomers looked for any Kuiper Belt Objects near the New Horizons trajectory, and, after using Hubble, they found one: Called 2014 MU69, it was a perfect target. Likely to be an ancient piece of solar system left over from its formation, it was reachable using some of what was left of the spacecraft’s fuel. The course correction was made, and New Horizons will blow past MU69 on January 1, 2019, passing just 10,000 km from it. …

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2014 MU69 binary

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