On the first day of 2019, the NASA New Horizons probe will approach the asteroid Ultima Thule (which can be translated as “The Edge of the World”), which is the most distant object reached by humans. The probe will collect information, which, in theory, will shed light on the formation of dwarf planets such as Pluto – due to its distance from the Sun, the super-cold Ultima Thule has remained unchanged for a long time.
The greatest difficulty is that the asteroid has a relatively small size. This makes it difficult to observe him. NASA astronomers are enthusiastic, because, according to scientists, they can not even imagine what will be revealed to them.
Data obtained with the help of New Horizons, reach the Earth after about six hours after sending.