As for its shape, scientists say there are two possibilities. Two black-and-white pictures were released, with a resolution as fine as 140 meters (460 feet) per pixel. It sort of looked like a fuzzy bowling pin then.
"That image is so 2018". "It's only really (the) size of something like Washington, D.C., and it's about as reflective as garden-variety dirt", he said.
Ultima Thule's unique, lumpy appearance was achieved when two chunks of matter collided at extremely slow speed - perhaps even as slow as as two cars nudging together, the team states.
The latest images of Ultima Thule were taken from about 17,000 miles out, showing a formation that end to end measures about 19 miles in length, and has a rotation period of 15 hours, plus or minus an hour.
The object itself is as dark as potting soil, said Cathy Olkin, deputy project scientist from the Southwest Research Institute.
"The spacecraft is in peak health", said Stern. The object consists of two fused-together spheres, one three times bigger than the other. The smaller one, which is 9 miles across, is "Thule".
The same kind of accretion process produced the other moons and planets of the solar system around 4.5 billion years ago, says Jeff Moore, a co-investigator on NASA'sNew Horizons mission. "What we're looking at is basically the first planetesimals", Moore said.
Now, as scientists begin studying the very first tidbits of information gathered by New Horizons we're learning a whole lot more about the rock.
The best summary of this day came from a team slide: "Think of New Horizons as a time machine that has brought us back to the very beginning of the solar system, to a place where we can observe the most primordial building blocks of the planets".
"This mission's always been about delayed gratification", Stern reminded reporters. Some of the data acquired by New Horizons might shed light on that.
And his old coach, I'm guessing, will always have a special place in his heart for Leonard for what they accomplished together. The Spurs now have a record of 22-17 and are seventh place in the Western Conference. "We'll see tonight, I don't know".
By passing this bill in the Senate but blocking it in the House on Trump's order, Republicans boxed themselves in. That measure would provide money for the remainder of the fiscal year, until September 30.
They would get out from under the last two seasons with a trade, but in 2019 eat almost $20 million in dead cap space with a move. Tomlin did not deny that there comes a point when a player could be more of a distraction than he's worth.
A 21-year-old suspect, named as Kazuhiro Kusakabe, was arrested and being questioned, Tokyo Metropolitan Police said. The suspect fled from the scene and assaulted a passerby before he was captured 20 minutes later, NHK said.
Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron's lovingly shot " Roma " is expected to win the Golden Globe for best foreign language film. The hosting duo interviewed each other for a lead-up piece to Sunday's show for The Hollywood Reporter .
Newly elected Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other party leaders have said they want to wait for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to issue a final report from his Russian Federation probe before deciding whether to impeach Trump .
The Steelers did manage to narrowly avoid disaster and beat the lowly Bengals , but it was too little, too late. The NFL Injury Report for Week 17 has a lot of big names that could miss some pretty important games.
On Tuesday, based on early, fuzzy images taken the day before, scientists said Ultima Thule resembled a bowling pin . The plutonium-powered probe should be capable of flying through the Kuiper Belt for another 10 years.
In images taken Sunday night, Ultima Thule appeared as little more than an elongated white smear against the darkness of space . Ultima Thule is named for a mythical, far-northern island in medieval literature and cartography, according to NASA .
A suspect police are searching for in connection to the fatal shooting of an officer during a traffic stop in Northern California. The sheriff says Perez Arriaga was a native of Mexico and had been in the USA illegally for several years.
Tesla cuts prices on poor Q4
The $44,000 Model 3 is seen is the most important auto for Tesla , with founder Elon Musk touting it as a more affordable vehicle. Starting today, the company will be reducing its price for Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles in the U.S. by $2,000, it said.
Trump and Romney: It's off again
Trump wrote that he would "much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful". Karpowitz said both Lee and Romney have room to criticize Trump given Utah has not fully embraced him.
Mega Millions jackpot rises to $415 million
A winning Pennsylvania Lottery Mega Millions ticket worth $4 million was sold at an Erie County store for Tuesday's drawing. The Mega Millions ticket was one of two winning the third-tier prize in the December 28 drawing.
Spurs back up to second after easy win in Cardiff
In this country all the people are going to watch the game, but I will be in a neutral position trying to enjoy the game. Spurs have won their last five Premier League games on New Year's Day to suggest a return to winning ways is likely.
Pace of Reform Will Not Slow, President Xi Says
A US delegation of trade officials is expected to travel to Beijing in early January for negotiations with the Chinese. But Trump's escalating trade wars and tariff threats soon took over as the main focus of investor concern.
The Democrats Plan to Vote on Thursday to End the Shutdown
Senators are set to weigh from 4 p.m. (2100 GMT) a bill passed by the House that provides $5 billion in funding for the wall. The partial U.S. government shutdown will nearly certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year.
Philippine storm death toll surges to 68
The tropical depression, which has since been downgraded to a low pressure area, left the Philippines on this afternoon. Rescue teams were still searching for several missing in the affected areas, emergency officials said.