CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The faraway space snowman visited by NASA last month has a flat -- not round -- behind.
New photos from the New Horizons spacecraft offer a new perspective on the small cosmic body 4 billion miles away. Scientists say the two-lobed object, nicknamed Ultima Thule, is actually flatter on the backside than originally thought. Pictures released late last week -- taken shortly after closest approach on New Year's Day -- provide an outline of the side not illuminated by the sun.
When viewed from the front, Ultima Thule still resembles a two-ball snowman. But from the side , the snowman looks squashed, sort of like a lemon and pie stuck together, end to end.
Ultima Thule is the most distant world ever explored.
NW News on 02/12/2019
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