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Detecting 2014 MU69’s Size and Shape on Approach

Detecting 2014 MU69’s Size and Shape on Approach

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NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI; sketch courtesy of James Tuttle Keane

Detecting 2014 MU69’s Size and Shape on Approach
At left is a composite of two images taken by New Horizons' high-resolution Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), which provided the best indication of 2014 MU69's size and shape available before the encounter. Preliminary measurements of this Kuiper Belt object suggest it is approximately 35 by 15 kilometers. An artist's impression at right illustrates one possible appearance of the object, based on the actual image at left. The direction of its spin axis is indicated by the arrows.

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Original image data dated on or about January 1, 2019

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