Pluto, a dwarf planet; Triton, a moon of Neptune; and Phoebe, a moon of Saturn; all exhibit unusual characteristics, such as distinct elemental composition and retrograde orbits; as compared to other, similar objects in planetary portion of our solar system. 697 more words
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Nasa to wake up New Horizons spacecraft for voyage into mysterious Third Zone
Nasa is to wake up its New Horizons spacecraft next month following a five month hibernation, ahead of a journey deeper into one of the most mysterious regions of the Solar System. 228 more words
Astronomers are carefully watching tiny shadows to learn about MU69, the mysterious Kuiper belt object that the New Horizons space probe is heading for.
The New Horizons space probe, which made headlines around the world in 2015 when it beamed back humanity’s best-ever views of Pluto, is currently hurtling through the outer reaches of the solar system on its way to a rendezvous with a lump of ice known as MU69. 499 more words