New videos of the farthest object humanity has ever explored show that it flips like a giant hourglass

Posted On: Jan 16, 2019   |   Posted By: Business Insider

New videos of the farthest object humanity has ever explored show that it flips like a giant hourglass

On New Year's Day, researchers flew NASA's New Horizons probe past a snowman-shaped space rock called 2014 MU69 .
MU69 orbits the sun from about 4 billion miles away. It's the most distant object humanity has ever explored.
NASA's spacecraft recorded hundreds of photos of MU69, and the images are slowly trickling back to Earth.
Scientists animated a series of the images into a video that shows MU69 turns like an hourglass.
The most distant object humanity has ever visited looks something like a spinning snowman or hourglass that's lost in space.
Researchers who work on NASA's nuclear-powered New Horizons mission released a movie on Tuesday showing the rotation of the mountain-size rock, which is known formally as (486958) 2014 MU69.
(It's more commonly referred to as "Ultima Thule" - see the editor's note below.)
Mu69 is about 4 billion miles from Earth and 1 billion miles beyond Pluto. New Horizons flew by the object on New Year's Day at a speed of 32,200 miles per hour, and came within...

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