New Horizons team successfully observes new stellar occultation of Ultima Thule

Astronomers have just completed another observation of New Horizons’ next flyby target, Ultima Thule (aka 2014 MU69), pass in front of a distant star (a stellar occultation), on Aug. 3-4, 2018. This is the third such occultation observed and the data gathered will help the mission …

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‘Penitentes on steroids’: Scientists solve enigma of Pluto’s massive ice blades

Pluto is an intriguing little world, full of geological surprises, as New Horizons revealed back in 2015. This cold, remote body was expected to be pretty much inactive, but instead we saw a place with nitrogen ice “seas” and glaciers, tall mountains of water ice, …

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