NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has been rushing by area since early 2006 and it’s about to make what could be its most attention-grabbing flyby up to now. After rushing previous Jupiter and Pluto within the 12 years since its launch, the probe is about to have a really shut encounter with a mysterious object within the outer Solar System known as Ultima Thule. As luck would have it, it’s going to satisfy its goal on New Year’s Day, and it’s a reasonably large deal for NASA.
As we method the probe’s arrival at Ultima Thule, NASA is asserting its schedule of occasions associated to the probe’s flyby. The massive present will start on the afternoon of Monday, December 31st, and it’ll kick off three days of reports and briefings that can give us our greatest look but at a particularly distant Solar System object.
Here’s the schedule of occasions that NASA has deliberate:
As you possibly can see, anybody who’s staying up for the massive ball to drop and kick off the brand new yr on the East Coast will solely have to attend a short time to catch stay protection of the New Horizons spacecraft’s shut method to Ultima Thule. NASA will present simulations of the flyby occurring in real-time, however since a stay feed from the spacecraft simply isn’t doable we’ll have to attend a short time to see the precise photographs the probe captures.
Later on New Years Day NASA will broadcast the sign acquisition from New Horizons, confirming that it gathered the info it was instructed to and increase some severe hype for the eventual reveal of the primary photographs of the distant object. At 11:30 a.m. EST, NASA will maintain a press briefing to indicate off no matter photographs and data the spacecraft has managed to ship again, however that can actually solely be the tip of the iceberg for scientists.
In the months to come back, New Horizons will beam again a wealth of information that received’t be out there on day one. NASA will introduced a”information obtain schedule” that can give us all a greater sense of when to count on much more information about Ultima Thule.