Previously, scientists did not see objects of this form in the Solar system.
Space probe New Horizons has sent a new photo hyperiid Ultima Thule. It turned out that the two parts are not spherical in shape: one portion resembles a pancake, the other flattened walnut.
Photos were taken 9 minutes after closest approach with the object 1 January 2019 with a range of 8 862 kilometers.
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Age – 4.54 billion years
Average radius – 6 378,2 km
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On the previous images astronomers concluded that the Ultima Thule consists of two balls — the larger and the smaller. Because of this, hyperiid is even called “the snowman.” However, the new data show that the shape of celestial bodies is much more interesting.
“We have never seen anything like it in the Solar system,” said principal investigator of the mission, Alan stern of the southwest research Institute. Now scientists have to figure out how was formed the unusual object.
As reported by “Around the world. Ukraine”, NASA showed the first video of the Ultima Thule.