NASA's New Horizons probe is about to explore a mysterious object 1 billion of miles beyond Pluto.
The object is known as Ultima Thule, or the 2014 MU69, and the flyby is scheduled to occur at 12:33 a.m. ET on Tuesdays, New Year's Day.
Ultima Thule will be the furthest object ever visited by mankind.
NASA TV and Johns Hopkins University will host live video broadcasts on the meeting as of Monday.
NASA is about to fly a probe powered by nuclear power after the object farther than mankind has never dared to explore. And you can look from the comfort of the home.
Known Ultima Thule (pronounced "e-tool"), or in 2014 MU69, the object is a total mystery to scientists. Researchers are not even sure what space rock looks like, since it is 1 billion more than Pluto. Around the size of a mountain, about 20 kilometers away, Ultima Thule is too small and too far for the telescopes to be seen clearly.
"If we knew what to expect, we will not go to Ultima Thule. It's an object we have never encountered before," Alan Stern, leader of the New Horizons mission, told Business Insider earlier. "This is what makes the scan."
Ultima Thule is believed to be a thriving reminder of the formation of the solar system, which means that photographing it and studying it closely with New Horizons could help explain how the planets are built and evolved.
In what Stern called a "boggling" maneuver, New Horizons is ready to approach Ultima Thule – within 2,200 miles – at 12:33 a.m. ET on Tuesdays, New Year's Day. The probe will move to about 32,200 mph.
Along the way, the spacecraft – which flew to Pluto in July 2015 – will take hundreds of photographs and measurements in a very coordinated sequence.
The first images should arrive late Tuesday and be published on Wednesdays. You can see these initial images through live video broadcasts.
But due to the limitations of the spacecraft of 13 years (the probe launched in 2006) and the 4,000 million kilometers away, it could take up to two years to New Horizons to make all the data overflowing on Earth.
How to watch the live video coverage of the Ultima Thule flyby
The Applied Physics Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins University, which manages New Horizons mission for NASA, will host a series of live video broadcasts on the meeting.
Segments will be transmitted through the YouTube channel of the laboratory from Monday to Thursday. NASA Live and NASA TV will also spread the segments, despite the closure of the government, led by President Donald Trump to finance a wall along the US-Mexico border, which has sent many NASA workers home.
"NASA will continue to stun the world with its successes." Jim Bridenstine, the manager of NASA, tweeted on Thursday At the same time, he announced that NASA television would remain in the air.
The first transmission of the Last Thule will be a press conference with Stern and other mission scientists at 2 a.m. Monday.
At 12:02 a.m. On Tuesday, the guitarist of the Queen and the astrophysicist Brian May will launch a song dedicated to the mission. Video coverage will continue until 12:33 a.m., when New Horizons flies Ultima Thule.
Michael Buckley, a representative of the Applied Physics Laboratory, said that there will be a video feed at the time scientists learn that the mission was successful. He said live coverage should start on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and that the signal "Accept" of New Horizons should arrive at 10 a.m. A press conference will be held at 11:30 a.m.
The follow-up press conferences to discuss the first foreground photos and the scientific results of the historic flyer are scheduled for Wednesday at 2 in the afternoon. and on Thursdays at 2 a.m.
You can see the main events of New Horizons through the Live video player of NASA embedded below.
If you want to see the entire coverage of the Applied Physics Laboratory, check the embedded player below or tune in to your YouTube channel.
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