Date(s) - 01/19/2019
The New Horizons probe is about the size of a grand piano. It has been flying through space for more than a dozen years. In 2015, it reached Pluto, and what had long been just a fuzzy circle in photographs was revealed to be a stunning, dark-reddish world made of frozen nitrogen and methane, with ice mountains, flowing glaciers and a possible sub-surface liquid ocean.
Now, a billion miles beyond Pluto, the tiny spacecraft has encountered an icy minor planet — a mysterious little place that’s only about 20 miles across. This is the most far-off exploration of a world ever, flying past it about 2,200 miles from its surface at 36,000 miles per hour while taking stunning images with an on-board telescope and camera.
Its official name is a bunch of numbers, 485968, so it goes by the Latin nickname Ultima Thule, which means “beyond the known world.” This tiny world is 44 times farther from the sun than Earth is, and it has been out there, frozen in time since the solar system formed over 4 billion years ago.
Join us as we tell the behind-the-scenes story of one of the greatest feats of exploration in human history.
Seating is limited, please arrive early.
Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer
Link Observatory Space Science Institute
Saturday, January 19 at 7:00 PM
Mooresville Public Library
220 W Harrison St, Mooresville, IN 46158
Link Observatory Telescope Viewing
Join us immediately following the program to view the wonders of the universe through the historic Link Observatory telescope. (weather permitting)
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