The New Horizons spacecraft that flew by Pluto in 2015 is now on its way to another Kuiper Belt Object called 2014 MU69. That flyby should occur on New Year’s Day, 2019. 2014 MU69 is more than 6.5 billion km from Earth. Earlier this week, it briefly blocked the light from a background star, and several telescopes were deployed by the the New Horizons team to observe the event. The timing data collected will help improve our understanding of the size and shape of the object and the nature of its immediate environment.
The time difference between frames in the animation above is 0.2 seconds.
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