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  • Pictures of 2014 MU69 “Ultima Thule” expected shortly

    Posted on January 1st, 2019 at 07:46 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Right around 17:27 UTC today — about four hours from now — NASA’s New Horizons probe’s pictures of the most-distant object we’ve ever seen should hit earth. They won’t be posted immediately — NASA gets to spruce them up first, then wait for an opportune news dump time — but sometime in the next 24 we’ll get initial shots of the denizen of the Kuiper Belt.

    The flyby itself already happened, about eight hours ago, but you know… picture compression, speed of light and all. The New Horizon is just 4.1 billion miles (about 6 light hours) away.

    If you’re curious, check out Emily Lakdawalla’s report on the Planetary Society blog.

    Then watch Dr. Brian May’s ode to the event. Yes, the lead guitarist of Queen has a PhD in astrophysics from Imperial College London.