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Facts stranger than fiction..35

Happy flying to Kupier city !  That is outside far away from Solar system !

The Kuiper belt, occasionally called the Edgeworth–Kuiper belt, is a circumstellar disc in the outer Solar System, extending from the orbit of Neptune to approximately 50 AU from the Sun. It is similar to the asteroid belt, but is far larger—20 times as wide and 20 to 200 times as massive.

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Scientifically, according to the “ancient astronaut” theory, aliens came down to Earth thousands of years ago and humans decided that they were gods. So, since the aliens came down from the sky, the gods obviously lived up there. Thus, that is where heaven had to be. I always liked heaven, so sky and space is always an interesting subject to me in my life. !

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With the New Horizons space probe’s flyby on 1 January 2019, 2014 MU69 became the farthest object in the Solar System visited by a spacecraft, and is believed to be the most primitive, both bodies being planetesimal aggregates of much smaller building blocks.

Ultima Thule is located more than one billion miles beyond Pluto
New Horizons will perform a flyby of the distant asteroid and study its surface
It was launched in 2006 and sent photos back of Pluto from its 2015 mission
Astronomers hope the 25-mile long space rock can shed light on how the solar system formed more than 4 billion years ago

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It’s estimated there are hundreds of thousands of Kuiper members like Ultima, and their frigid state almost certainly holds clues to the formation conditions of the Solar System 4.6 billion years ago.

Ultima Thule is either one object with two connected lobes, sort of like a spinning bowling pin or peanut still in the shell, or two objects orbiting surprisingly close to one another. It is thought to be potato-shaped and dark-colored with a touch of red, possibly from being zapped by cosmic rays for eons.

Little is known about Ultima Thule, or 2014 MU69, to use its official name. But based on preliminary observations, scientists think it may resemble a giant peanut with two large lobes fused together. The dark rock may contain frozen carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, molecular nitrogen and methane, which may be exposed by impact craters on the surface.

While some comets that streak through the solar system are thought to have originated in the Kuiper belt, space rocks as distant as Ultima Thule have remained on the outer edges of the solar system since birth. For this reason it is thought that objects such as Ultima Thule, the so-called cold classical Kuiper belt objects, look the same today as they did at the dawn of the solar system.Nobody never explored a body as primordial or as far away from the sun as Ultima Thule,so this gives us a chance to look at what comets are like before they enter the inner solar system. They’ve been in deep freeze since they formed 4.6bn years ago.

Everything that we’re going to learn about Ultima – from its composition to its geology, to how it was originally assembled, whether it has satellites and an atmosphere, and that kind of thing – is going to teach us about the original formation conditions in the Solar System that all the other objects we’ve gone out and orbited, flown by and landed on can’t tell us because they’re either large and evolve, or they are warm. Ultima is unique.”

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Both 2014 MU69 (nicknamed “Ultima Thule”) and Pluto are in the Kuiper Belt—a donut-shaped region of icy bodies beyond the orbit of Neptune. There may be millions of these icy objects, collectively referred to as Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) or trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs), in this distant region of our solar system.

Similar to the asteroid belt, the Kuiper Belt is a region of leftovers from the solar system’s early history. Like asteroid belt, it has also been shaped by a giant planet, although it’s more of a thick disk (like a donut) than a thin belt. The Kuiper Belt shouldn’t be confused with the Oort Cloud, which is a much more distant region of icy, comet-like bodies that surrounds the solar system, including the Kuiper Belt. (But both the Oort Cloud and the Kuiper Belt are thought to be sources of comets.)

The Kuiper Belt is truly a frontier in space — it’s a place we’re still just beginning to explore and our understanding is still evolving.

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Always be Happy; always wear a Smile, Not because Life is full of reasons to Smile, but because your Smile itself maybe a reason for many others to Smile ;The Greatest Thing In Life Is Love And The Second Is Laughter..

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