Photographs, from NASA's New Horizons Space Probe, of Ultima Thule, a small, trans-Neptunian object in the Kuiper Belt that is similar to a small asteroid or comet. The first photograph from New Horizons is below, while the closest photograph is above. The New Horizons fly-by of Ultima Thule occurred shortly after the beginning of the New Year: Tuesday, 2019 January 1 at 12:33 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) / 5:33 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). New Horizons had previously flown-by the Dwarf Planet Pluto on 2015 July 14. More information ---
New Horizons Space Probe: Link >>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Horizons
Ultima Thule: Link >>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(486958)_2014_MU69
(Image Sources: NASA, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)
Astronomical Calendar for 2019 January ---
Link >>> http://buhlplanetarium4.tripod.com/astrocalendar/2019.html#jan
Related Blog Post ---
"Astronomical Calendar: 2018 December." 2018 Dec. 1.
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Wednesday, 2019 January 2.
Update - Added close-up photo of Ultima Thule: Sunday, 2019 January 6.
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