two-lobed object floating in dark space
Source: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
Published: January 2, 2019
Historical Date: January 1, 2019

Update November 2019: 2014 MU69 has been officially named Arrokoth.

This image taken by the Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) is the most detailed of Ultima Thule returned so far by the New Horizons spacecraft. It was taken at 5:01 Universal Time on January 1, 2019, just 30 minutes before closest approach from a range of 18,000 miles (28,000 kilometers), with an original scale of 730 feet (140 meters) per pixel.


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