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At 12:33 a.m. EST (0533 GMT), on January 1, 2019, a robotic emissary of humanity will announce the unseen world past in the outer solar system. The New Horizons spacecraft, a successful encounter with Pluto on July 14, 2015, was given an extended mission to a distant object named Kuiper Belt Object named MU69 2014 and not known as Ultima Thule.
One million miles away from Pluto, it will be the farthest spacecraft in human history. In the closest approach, New Horizons will travel at speeds of 32,279 kilometers or 51,948 kilometers per hour and travel through only 2,175 miles (3,500 km) of the object. Pluto is three times closer than ever. The sun has a clear distance of more than 43 astronomical units (UA, distance between Earth and Sun). However, we hope to receive an exciting red, double (or possibly possible) object that helps us to understand the formation and evolution of our solar system. [These Are the Most Out-of-This-World Photos Ever Taken — Literally]
For lovers of astronomy and space, the flyby will celebrate a year-long celebration. But New Horizons's radio signals and new contributions will not be available to Earth recipients for more than 6 hours. In this edition of mobile astronomy we will explain how to make the most of this historical event. You can use your favorite mobile device to read a fascinating book on the mission to see coverage of NASA coverage on TV coverage on December 31st, at 12 noon (if the government is to stop and NASA TV is turned on) otherwise Johns Hopkins's Applied Physics Laboratories live Feeds), and you'll enjoy Pluto Safari app for free with the SkySafari 6 astronomy application.
Pluton Safari app
The Pluton Safari app (Google Play for Android and the Apple app store for free download for iOS) originally created the New Horizons' 2015 encounter Pluto meeting in the right way. Through Ultima Thule, the app has been updated with the extended mission timeframe, space ship locations and target object (now, for all phases of the mission), background spacecraft and target objects, and breaking new stories. . Additionally, all information against Pluto is still in the application.
The home page of Pluton Safari shows the countdown between the current countdowns and the New Horizons and Ultima Thules. This will give you a second exact when the flyby occurs. Both aspects of the Pluto Safari application are particularly useful for news and the interactive solar system simulator. The second is used in a didactic way to convey the true meaning of the encounter.
On the Home page, clicking on the News icon, calls the latest news, facts and discoveries about the role. Like stories that publish the New Horizons science team, the app adds content to the top of the news feed. Each article is written with strangers and includes related images. A gallery with images also exists.
The Home Page Guide icon opens a list of articles about essential missions. Pluton and Ultima Thule are historical information and backgrounds, as well as mission design, nuclear instrumentation and scientific results against Pluto. Each article has diagrams and images.
By clicking the Survey icon on the home screen, the decision of the International Astronomical Union will begin with Pluto's decision to eliminate nanotubes in 2006, weigh the argument on both sides and then vote on their opinion.
Fly New Horizons mission almost
The Pluto Safari solar system simulator will be known to SkySafari application serial users. The application uses Timeline and Location functions. On the Timeline page, it includes information about all the New Horizons mission milestones, allowing the user to pass through each phase of the mission. It was launched in 2006, the help of Jupiter's gravity, different landmarks, the first images of the objects, Pluton meetings and Ultima Thule flyby. In each case, the date and time and distance of the Earth and Pluton New Horizons are indicated.
The viewer button launches a simulated 3D view in each space-time event from the New Horizons viewpoint. In this way, you can lower the screen slightly and increase the size of the objects, move your finger to rearrange the view, or use the up and down arrow keys to change your distance from targeted. (The current distance is displayed at the top left corner of the screen).
Most simulations move on as soon as possible. The punching of the bottom clock icon on the screen opens a timeline flow control step by step or continuously moving forward or downward. To pause the flow of time, tap under two arrows. Again, press an external arrow. The time flow rate is controlled by selecting the time or date of each parameter, such as month or time. If you spend the event, run it back or just return to the Timeline page and click on View icon to restart the event.
To make a clear statement of each meeting, the options that appear on the screen change. For example, Pluto flyby shows the orbit of the moon in Pluto, the Ultima Thule plane shows the planet and the Ultima Thule orbit and the rest of the space.
The location page offers seven hours to see the status of the New Horizons mission. One of them places the location of the spacecraft and shows Ultima Thule in the sky from the Earth's location. On January 1, 2019, at the location, he was also appointed to be Al Kaeda (41 Appointed). The parts of this sky will be set after the sun after the sun at the beginning of January, but the objects will be close to the sun, and from now on it will be the bottom of the hemisphere observatory during flyby. The second heavenly vision is reserved for Pluto, which will be closer to the sun from January 1 to 2019.
The other five simulated views are three dimensional models of the space tool and the solar system. The One New Horizons route, Ultima Thule and its orbit, and the planet's main orbit, show everything seen above the solar system plane. Another approach approaches the approach of Ultima Thule, from the perspective of the solar system plan.
An interesting option, Kuiper Belt Objects View, brings together basic elements from two other perspectives, but adds the most important KBOs found up to now 9, which is an Eris, planet-depleted planet-dwelling planet. You can also turn on Turn on to see the horrible Sedna's orbit. Classical Earths will shape the planet's orbit plane so they will change the changing world-changing tendencies.
The last two simulations focused on Pluto. Beforehand, zoom and exit options allow you to orientate the model again and allow you to have a fast flow time. And, if your device is available when the New Horizons Ultima Thule passes, you feel like you're walking.
While waiting for Utlima Thule adventure, you can use your mobile device to capture New Horizons and Pluto in backgrounds. Download an ebook or audiobook version of "New Horizons Chasing: Pluto's First Goal on Epic Inside" – Alan Stern and David Grinspoon, both in and out of the story. Although the result is known, the author constructs tension in the key moments, the concept of the mission during the decades leading to the Pluton encounter. If you choose Audio book, the authors will tell you the trip.
Use the device browser to synchronize for NASA TV to get the direct coverage of Ultima Thule flyby (once the government has stopped shutting it off). Currently, the schedule provides forecasts and missionaries, at 13:00 p.m., Friday, December 28th, the first images and sciences of Ultima Thule, starting at 10:00 p.m., January 1 and scientific updates until Thursday. TV is not active, Johns Hopkins & # 39; Applied Physics Laboratory will do live mission activities on its website and on YouTube.
In all ways, I will do tuning. See on the other side!
In the next editions of Mobile Astronomy, we forecast the best 2019 astronomy events, focusing on three-dimensional constellations, highlighting winter observation goals and more. Until then, keep looking up!
Editor's Note: Chris Vaughan is a public and educative dissertation of AstroGeo astronomer, a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and a historical 74-foot (74-foot) David Dunlap Observatory telescope. You will reach a friend and follow Twitter @astrogeoguy, as well as Facebook and Tumblr.