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Thursday, December 20, 2018

New Horizons to flyby Ultima Thule - Kuiper Belt

New Horizons near Ultima Thule - Artist conceptual diagram


  • NASA's New Horizons space probe will encounter Kuiper Belt on 01 Jan 2019
  • Event will be broadcasted live through NASA media (described below)
  • It will encounter a object named as "Ultima Thule"
20 December 2019: New Horizons new encounter:

           NASA's New Horizons probe will encounter a Kuiper belt object nicknamed as "Ultima Thule" on 01 January 2019. The farthest spacecraft flyby in history. The orbital maneuvers will take place from 29 December 2018 to 04 January 2019. The flyby will be controlled and monitored by John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory located in Laurel, Maryland.

          New Horizons aimed to visit Kuiper belt - the third belt of our solar system containing small and infinite number of small objects and asteroids. The belt forms a ring around the sun beyond dwarf planet pluto. It also contains gigantic icy bodies and mysterious small objects.

To know more about Ultima Thule and Kuiper Belt

Image Credit: New Horizon | NASA

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