New Horizons Gathers Data On Post-Pluto Object

New Horizons Gathers Data On Post-Pluto Object

Science geeks probably remember when NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft passed Pluto last year. Now, the first data collected on a known post-Pluto object is being investigated by astronomers. During April, the spacecraft observed an celestial body in the Kuiper Belt known as 1994-JR1. This 90-mile wide object is orbiting approximately 3 Billion miles from our Sun.

New Horizons observed 1994-JR1 in late-2015 as well. The combined data has given scientists new information about the location and orbital patterns of the object. They believe it is rotating once every 5.4 hours meaning 1994-JR1 has very short days and nights. The object is not spherical like most of the other planets, but somewhat oblong and more egg-shaped. NASA has not officially declared it a planet yet, but they may make that determination at some point. This is exciting news for space geeks.

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