New Horizons may visit twice the object for the same price – Astronomy Magazine

New Horizons is getting the ultimate two-for-one deal.

The intrepid craft, which flew through the Pluto system in 2015, is en route to 2014 MU69, an icy remnant from our solar systems formation that lives in the Kuiper Belt. While initially thought to be a chunk of ice less than a few dozen miles in size, a recent occultation event has revealed that MU69 might be even weirder.

The object appears to have an odd shape, based on the occultation data (taken when an object passes in front of a background star). In a press release, NASA officials said that its either football shaped or, more intriguingly, a type of object called a contact binary.

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New Horizons may visit twice the object for the same price – Astronomy Magazine

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