Mysterious Object Beyond Pluto Is Coming Into Focus

Mysterious Object Beyond Pluto Is Coming Into Focus
Profile Status

Pluto may be long gone, but NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is by no means finished with the outer solar system. For the second time, New Horizons has observed 1994 JR1, a 90-mile wide Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) that orbits over 3 billion miles from the sun.

The latest observations, which were made on April 7th and 8th by New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager and composited in the gif below, smash the spacecraft’s own record for our closest encounter with a KBO.

That record was set in November, when New Horizons observed JR1 from a distance of over 170 million miles, the latest observations allowed the New Horizons science team to start fleshing out a portrait of the lonely space rock.

We can now pinpoint the location of JR1 to within 600 miles, giving us our most precise KBO orbit to date.

Having nailed down its coordinates, astronomers can rule out a theory that JR1 is some sort of Plutonian satellite. The new data also reveals that JR1 is spinning quickly, completing a full rotation about its axis once ever 5.4 hours.

“This is all part of the excitement of exploring new places and seeing things never seen before,” John Spencer, a New Horizons science team member Southwest Research Institute in Boulder said in a statement.

Indeed, these are our first tantalizing glimpses of a mysterious realm whose existence astronomers only learned of a few decades ago. You can think of the Kuiper Belt as a vast cryobank, filled with primordial chunks of rock that have not been touched or transformed since the birth of the solar system.

Studying the KBOs could reveal our own cosmic origin story, which is why the New Horizons mission operators back on Earth are trying to convince NASA that we ought to conduct a close flyby of yet another KBO, 2014 MU69, in 2019.

You should be crossing your fingers that the extended New Horizons mission gets green-lit, the Pluto flyby completely revolutionized our perspective on a tiny world we thought we understood.

It’s hard to imagine that pulling up close to another distance ice ball won’t shatter even more preconceptions about the outer solar system.


Thanks For Sharing

Similar Videos

Mysterious Object Seen Speeding Past Sun

If its origins are confirmed, the asteroid or comet, named A/2017 U1, will be the first object known to come from elsewhere in the galaxy, say astronomers. A mysterious object detected hurtling past our sun could be the first space

Mysterious Flashes Of Light Captured By NASA

One million miles from Earth, a NASA camera is capturing unexpected flashes of light reflecting off our planet. The homeward-facing instrument on NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, launched in 2015, caught hundreds of these flashes over the span

NASA: There May Be Alien Life In Our Solar System

There might be alien life in our own solar system, Nasa has announced. All of the necessary things to support life have been found on one of the moons that orbits Saturn. Enceladus has chemicals that when found on Earth


  1. JohnJordan Negranza De Leon
    JohnJordan Negranza De Leon 19 May, 2016, 11:46

    another kuiper belt object

      Reply this comment
  2. Darren Taylor
    Darren Taylor 19 May, 2016, 12:23

    First person to say Niburu gets slapped

      Reply this comment
  3. Keith Diprimio
    Keith Diprimio 19 May, 2016, 12:45


      Reply this comment
  4. Mike Thornhill
    Mike Thornhill 19 May, 2016, 16:14

    Wormwood=Nibiru lol

      Reply this comment
  5. Lane Lucas
    Lane Lucas 19 May, 2016, 16:43

    There is atleast six other identical “dots” in this picture…what makes the “dot” in question a planet, the arrow? and because someone wrote down that it is one.Shit like this is why the truth is so unclear

      Reply this comment
  6. James Corvett
    James Corvett 19 May, 2016, 16:45

    its the mother ship coming…

      Reply this comment
  7. Chris Hornick
    Chris Hornick 19 May, 2016, 19:05


      Reply this comment
  8. Ariel Torres
    Ariel Torres 19 May, 2016, 19:12

    Planet X?

      Reply this comment
  9. Gabriel Aroian
    Gabriel Aroian 20 May, 2016, 05:10

    The earth is flat. Admiral Byrd confirmed this. Actually, the Nazis did. We’ve never been to the moon due to the Van Allen radiation belts. Operation fishbowl proved this.People forget NASA is a branch of the military.

      Reply this comment
    • Paul Danko
      Paul Danko 20 May, 2016, 08:24

      The earth is not flat

        Reply this comment
    • Gabriel Aroian
      Gabriel Aroian 20 May, 2016, 08:55

      Ok, prove it. Show me a real picture of Earth’s curve from space. Not a CGI. Not a “fish eye lens”, just a good old fashioned/(digital camera acceptable too) image of earth. You can’t. They don’t exist. The earth is not round, we live under a dome that lit up when we shot several tons of plutonium at it. Why do you think HAARP was created? DARPA was trying to boil the ionosphere hoping to create a hole and escape. They failed.

        Reply this comment
    • Tamira Herrebrugh
      Tamira Herrebrugh 22 May, 2016, 23:13

      Ok prove it. Show me a real pic of the eart being flat from outer space. Not any fancy lenses though, just a good old fashioned camera. Digital is ok as well

        Reply this comment
  10. Justin Thomas Anderson
    Justin Thomas Anderson 20 May, 2016, 05:49

    Its a ball of socks coming back to us… You think your socks end up in lint trap or just disappear completely? Think again… Since the dawning of automatic washing and drying machines… One sock per load has been teleported into the outer reaches of space where a giant ball has been forming.. The time has now come for those socks to return to us.

      Reply this comment
  11. Elvis Bamby
    Elvis Bamby 20 May, 2016, 09:13

    seing as we dont know whats in our seas or caves and reallywe dont even know our own world so in the ever changing universe there always going to be MYSTERIOUS OBJECTS , tbh i would prefer we spend trillions of dollars on making our world better for all speceis if you spend 10 million a day you couldnt even spend a fifth of the money spent on space programs just dont make sense when we have ppl that are homeless, starving, dying waiting for treatment on NHS,ppl who are so much in debt thay cannot cope , our planetery issues should outweigh any bloody space prog , they are saying the earth is over populated and our resources is not enough to feed the populace , what i say to that is HORSESHIT , if and i say if i had the money that they spend so freely on the space programs for just one year i could solve all of the worlds problems in that year and still have money left over for a celevbration as it is im just a man raving on

      Reply this comment

Write a Comment

Your data will be safe!

Your e-mail address will not be published. Also other data will not be shared with third person.
Required fields are marked*

I Am Not An Alien *