On January 1, 2019, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space probe known as New Horizons sent some pictures to Earth. Some of these images were a little blurry – but that’s hardly a surprise. After all, they’d been snapped in an area of space further away from Earth even than Pluto. But blurry or not, the photos may nonetheless provide us with an insight into the workings of the universe.
Fired into space back in 2006, the New Horizons space probe was tasked with investigating the dwarf planet Pluto. Nine years later, it actually managed to snap some detailed photos of the remote rocky body. Then, early on New Year’s Day 2019, it took photos of something else – an object known as Ultima Thule.