South African observation team await the start of the 2014 MU69 occultation

South African observation team await the start of the 2014 MU69 occultation

While the New Horizons spacecraft was heading to Pluto, scientists from the mission used Hubble and other telescopes to try and find out more about the environment their spacecraft would be flying through. No one wanted New Horizons to run into unexpected dust or debris. As New Horizons prepares to fly past KBO 2014 MU69 (on Jan 1, 2019), scientists have already uncovered some surprises.

While the New Horizons spacecraft was heading to Pluto, scientists from the mission used Hubble and other telescopes to try and find out more about the environment their spacecraft would be flying through. No one wanted New Horizons to run into unexpected dust or debris. As New Horizons prepares to fly past KBO 2014 MU69 (on Jan 1, 2019), scientists have already uncovered some surprises.

❝ Nuevos misterios rodean a 2014 MU69 - #VÍDEO ❞ ↪ Vía: proZesa

❝ Nuevos misterios rodean a 2014 MU69 - #VÍDEO ❞ ↪ Vía: proZesa

2014 MU69 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2014 MU69 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

New Horizons target, 2014 MU69 (green circles), as it travels across a dense field of stars in the background.

New Horizons target, 2014 MU69 (green circles), as it travels across a dense field of stars in the background.

New Horizons May Get Its First Mission Beyond Pluto - FORBES #NewHorizons, #Pluto, #Science

New Horizons May Get Its First Mission Beyond Pluto

New Horizons May Get Its First Mission Beyond Pluto - FORBES #NewHorizons, #Pluto, #Science

LOOKING FOR 2014 MU69 SCIENTISTS WITH THE INTERNATIONAL OCCULTATION TIMING ASSOCIATION JOINED WITH NASA'S NEW HORIZONS TEAM WATCH AN OCCULTATION OF THE KUIPER BELT OBJECT 2014 MU69 FROM THE KAROO DESERT IN SOUTH AFRICA ON JUNE 3. DURING THE OCCULTATION, THE ICY SPACE ROCK PASSED IN FRONT OF A DISTANT STAR AND WAS VISIBLE WITH A TELESCOPE FOR ABOUT TWO SECONDS. THE HORIZONS SPACECRAFT WILL FLY PAST IT ON NEW YEAR’S DAY 2019.

LOOKING FOR 2014 MU69 SCIENTISTS WITH THE INTERNATIONAL OCCULTATION TIMING ASSOCIATION JOINED WITH NASA'S NEW HORIZONS TEAM WATCH AN OCCULTATION OF THE KUIPER BELT OBJECT 2014 MU69 FROM THE KAROO DESERT IN SOUTH AFRICA ON JUNE 3. DURING THE OCCULTATION, THE ICY SPACE ROCK PASSED IN FRONT OF A DISTANT STAR AND WAS VISIBLE WITH A TELESCOPE FOR ABOUT TWO SECONDS. THE HORIZONS SPACECRAFT WILL FLY PAST IT ON NEW YEAR’S DAY 2019.

Halfway There! New Horizons Reaches Midpoint of Journey to Distant Asteroid NASA’s New Horizons probe has reached the halfway point on its journey from Pluto to the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69. Since New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto in July 2015, it has traveled 486.19 million miles – half the distance to 2014 MU69 – as of 8:00 p.m. EST on April 2.

Halfway There! New Horizons Reaches Midpoint of Journey to Distant Asteroid

Halfway There! New Horizons Reaches Midpoint of Journey to Distant Asteroid NASA’s New Horizons probe has reached the halfway point on its journey from Pluto to the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69. Since New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto in July 2015, it has traveled 486.19 million miles – half the distance to 2014 MU69 – as of 8:00 p.m. EST on April 2.

An annotated overlay of 5 Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Camera 3 discovery images of 2014 MU69 taken on June 24, 2014. The images were taken at 10-minute intervals. The positions of 2014 MU69 in the 5 images are shown by the green circles. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

An annotated overlay of 5 Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Camera 3 discovery images of 2014 MU69 taken on June 24, 2014. The images were taken at 10-minute intervals. The positions of 2014 MU69 in the 5 images are shown by the green circles. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

NASA's New Horizons Next Flyby Target 2014 MU69 Coming Up

NASA's New Horizons Next Flyby Target 2014 MU69 Coming Up

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