Posted: Jun 03, 2017 11:41 am
by newolder
Tonight is the first chance (there's 2 more) to watch as 2014 MU69 occults a distant star. This object is the next fly-by target for the New Horizons probe and is roughly 1 billion miles further out in the Kuiper belt of the solar system. The 2-ish second duration event will be monitored from remote stations in South America and South Africa.

The team hopes to gather further information on the size and shape of MU69 and any possible ring/debris material nearby to help plan the fly-by.

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