NASA spacecraft hurtles toward tiny, icy world beyond Pluto

Space 12/31/18, 10:53

A tiny, icy world a billion miles beyond Pluto is getting a New Year's Day visitor. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is set to fly past a mysterious object nicknamed Ultima Thule (TOO-lee) at 12:33 a.m. Tuesday. It will become the most distant world ever explored by humankind. The flyby comes 3½ years ...

Pluto explorer ushering in new year at more distant world

Science 12/27/18, 12:03

The spacecraft team that brought us close-ups of Pluto will ring in the new year by exploring an even more distant and mysterious world.NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will zip past the scrawny, icy object nicknamed Ultima Thule (TOO-lee) soon after the stroke of midnight.Ultima Thule will be the farthest world ...

Farout: Scientists spot solar system’s farthest known object

Space 12/17/18, 16:20

Astronomers have spotted the farthest known object in our solar system — and they've nicknamed the pink cosmic body "Farout."The International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center announced the discovery Monday."Farout" is about 120 astronomical units away — that's 120 times the distance between Earth and the sun, or 11 billion ...

Another NASA spacecraft runs out of steam, 2nd this week

Science 11/01/18, 14:03

NASA has lost a second spacecraft this week, ending a fruitful mission in the asteroid belt.Running low on fuel for some time, the Dawn spacecraft this week stopped communicating with flight controllers. Its prolonged silence prompted NASA to declare it dead Thursday, two days after delivering eulogies to the planet-hunting ...

Scrawny dwarf planet, named Goblin, found well beyond Pluto

U.S. 10/02/18, 14:33

A scrawny dwarf planet nicknamed the Goblin has been discovered well beyond Pluto.A round frozen world just 186 miles (300 kilometers) across, the Goblin was spotted by astronomers in 2015 around Halloween, thus its spooky name. But it wasn't publicly unveiled until Tuesday following further observations with ground telescopes.Scott Sheppard ...

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