Research

NASA's New Horizons satellite snaps farthest image ever made from Earth

NASA's New Horizons satellite snaps farthest image ever made from Earth

About two hours later, New Horizons later broke the record again with images of Kuiper Belt objects 2012 HZ84 and 2012 HE85. On December 5, New Horizons took a snap of a star cluster dubbed "Wishing well" and at that time it was nearly 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion kilometers) away from Earth.

Such is the case with its New Horizons spacecraft, which made history by turning its telescopic camera toward a field of stars on December 5 when it snapped a photograph of the "Wishing Well" galactic star cluster 3.79 billion miles away from Earth.

The new image snapped by New Horizons was released by NASA on Thursday, February 8.

"And now, we've been able to make images farther from Earth than any spacecraft in history", Stern said.

The record was previously held by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft, which snapped the image data for the famous "Pale Blue Dot" image on February 14, 1990.

FILE - This image made available by NASA on Friday, July 24, 2015 shows a combination of images captured by the New Horizons spacecraft with enhanced colors to show differences in the composition and texture of Pluto's surface. That picture, the brainchild of the late physicist Carl Sagan, looked back at Earth from a distance of 3.75 billion miles.

More news: Track sources of campaign funds, INEC urges EFCC

"New Horizons has always been a mission of firsts - first to explore Pluto, first to explore the Kuiper Belt, fastest spacecraft ever launched".

With its Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), New Horizons has observed several Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) and dwarf planets at unique phase angles, as well as Centaurs at extremely high phase angles to search for forward-scattering rings or dust.

Not long after that achievement in 1990, Voyager 1's cameras were switched off, but has since drifted endlessly into space for the past 27 years and will continue to do so for possibly millions of years. On Dec. 9 it carried out the most-distant course-correction maneuver ever, as the mission team guided the spacecraft toward a close encounter with a KBO named 2014 MU69 on January 1, 2019.

New Horizons has been on an extended mission in the Kuiper Belt, a region of the solar system just beyond Neptune's orbit, since 2017.

New Horizons is just the fifth spacecraft to speed beyond the outer planets, so many of its activities set distance records. Or restarted. The probe is periodically in communication with the mission team as it closes in on its next target, a Kuiper Belt object (or perhaps even two paired objects) known as 2014 MU69.


  • North Korean cheerleading 'army of beauties' arrives at Olympics

    North Korean cheerleading 'army of beauties' arrives at Olympics

    When the stage was filled with light, five children released a dove into the sky in a prayer for world peace. South Korea's figure skating superstar and Olympic gold medalist Kim Yuna lit the Olympic cauldron.
    Liverpool Drops Interest in Monaco Star Thomas Lemar

    Liverpool Drops Interest in Monaco Star Thomas Lemar

    Liverpool and Arsenal transfer target Thomas Lemar is paid an incredible 30 times less than Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar. However, his stats have dramatically dropped off this season, managing only three goals and five assists.
    Abe and Moon show unity as Winter Games open

    Abe and Moon show unity as Winter Games open

    Abe repeated the Japanese stance that it could not accept the unilateral request made by South Korea for additional measures. It is Abe's first visit to South Korea since November 2015 and the first since Moon took office in May 2017.
  • Brown Advisory Inc. Sells 5793 Shares of CVS Health Corp (CVS)

    Brown Advisory Inc. Sells 5793 Shares of CVS Health Corp (CVS)

    COPYRIGHT VIOLATION WARNING: "Brown Advisory Inc". (CVS) by 21.01% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. The firm has "Overweight" rating by Morgan Stanley given on Tuesday, November 1. (NYSE:CBG) rating on Thursday, September 3.

    Earnings on the Doorstep For NuStar Energy LP

    Depending on the earnings numbers reported, NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE:NS) stock may see increased volatility following the report. The stock of NuStar GP Holdings, LLC (NYSE: NSH ) earned "Equal-Weight" rating by Barclays Capital on Wednesday, November 8.

    Shares in Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc (SBGI) Acquired by Parametrica Management Ltd

    Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank decreased Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) stake by 8.45% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Royal Bank of Canada raised its position in shares of Sinclair Broadcast Group by 4,036.0% in the second quarter.
  • Berry Global Group (BERY) Getting Positive Press Coverage, Study Shows

    Currently, 0.40% of EQT Corporation (NYSE:EQT) are owned by insiders with 101.89% six-month change in the insider ownership. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with "Outperform" rating in Wednesday, November 30 report.
    Telus Reports Higher Q4 Profit of $282 Million

    Telus Reports Higher Q4 Profit of $282 Million

    Shine now forecasts that the company will post earnings per share of $2.64 for the year, up from their prior estimate of $2.55. The institutional investor purchased 157,052 shares of the utilities provider's stock, valued at approximately $7,062,000.
    Hans Leitert Does This - Jurgen Klopp Explains Liverpool Goalkeeping Specialist's Role

    Hans Leitert Does This - Jurgen Klopp Explains Liverpool Goalkeeping Specialist's Role

    Southampton have been a good hunting ground where Liverpool have signed several players. Virgil van Dijk , Dejan Lovren and Sadio Mane also used to ply their trade at St.
  • Hospitals limit visitors as flu season carries on

    Hospitals limit visitors as flu season carries on

    Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is also temporarily restricting visitors under 12 at its Milwaukee and Fox Valley location. Officials said that a growing number of people are showing flu-like symptoms and that positive tests continue to increase.
    Anushka Sharma's father gifts son-in-law Virat Kohli a book on relationships

    Anushka Sharma's father gifts son-in-law Virat Kohli a book on relationships

    Anushka proves to be hubby dear's fan girl number 1 every time he scores a century and leads to team India's win in South Africa. Anushka and Virat are both lovers of poetry, and guests at their wedding received an anthology of Rumi's poems as gifts.
    Security Tight in Philadelphia as Victory Parade Celebrates Super Bowl Champion Eagles

    Security Tight in Philadelphia as Victory Parade Celebrates Super Bowl Champion Eagles

    After that long dry spell, fans along the parade route talked of sharing the celebration with their late loved ones. Fans will be treated to a attractive , chilly winter day, with a high of 33 degrees and a light breeze.