New Horizons to Pluto and beyond

The New Horizons probe is well on its way to the furthest reaches of the solar system and you can follow the countdown to the Pluto/Charon encounter here. Subsequently New Horizons will further explore the Kuiper belt. The first new discovery there was 1992 QB1. Images taken at ESO shortly after the discovery are shown here (top panel). The apparent motion of about 75 arcseconds per day places the object further than Pluto. Other more recent dicoveries include the strange object Haumea, the very distant object Sedna, the dwarf planet Eris with its moon Dysnomia and of course the recent discovery of a fifth moon of Pluto.


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