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Ultima Thule: Remote icy world is much flatter than scientists first thought

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Feb 11, 2019 9:41 AM 2+ mon ago

NASA thought this icy world was shaped like a snowman. It isnt

The furthest object in our solar system visited by a spacecraft - Ultima Thule - appears not to be "snowman shaped" as first thought, and is in fact much flatter.

New pictures taken by the New Horizons spacecraft at a different angle as it raced away from Ultima Thule at 31,000mph (50,000 kmh) reveal it is not spherical.

NASA said the larger lobe more closely resembles a giant pancake, and the smaller one a dented walnut.

New analysis suggests it is far flatter than the 'snowman' shape. Pic: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL /Southwest Research Institute

Image: New analysis suggests it is far flatter than thought.. Pic: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL /Southwest Research Institute

The mission's lead scientist, Alan Stern, said: "This ...

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