What to watch in the New Year? Of course, NASA broadcast on the edge of the solar system
What to watch in the New Year's Eve, the sound of glasses and a peal of bells? Of course, you can see the congratulation of the President or one of Soviet films. But the best New Year's Eve to see how humanity looks at one of the most distant known objects in the solar system. It is the "New Horizons" in the night from December 31 to January 1 probe that has visited Pluto in 2015, fly by the dwarf planet Ultima Thule. Her we have not yet seen.
Probe "New Horizons" will visit the Ultima Thule in the New Year's Eve
As is the case with a span of Pluto, the team's mission "New Horizons" will meet in the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University in Laurel, Maryland, which will monitor the spacecraft from an operational mission center. Live broadcasts will show what the team before and after the approach, and mission scientists will hold a press conference at which he will present the latest news about what the probe New Horizons.
The fact that the event will be broadcast on the TV NASA, announced on his Twitter NASA administrator Jim Bridenstayn. If all goes according to plan, live broadcast of NASA should start at the same time to fly around and accompanying press conference.
As for the time, all will begin on December 31 with a press briefing at 2 p.m. Time ET (22:00 Moscow time). Flyby will take place at 12:33 am ET time on 1 January (8:33 am GMT). But at this moment we are not yet able to find out whether all went smoothly. A radio message from the unit reaches the Earth in six hours, and the "New Horizons" will not be able to send a signal, until several hours after the site visit. Therefore, somewhere between 9:45 and 10:45 a.m. ET (17:45 - 18:45 GMT), the mission team will receive the signal of successful fly-around. Shortly after this confirmation command "New Horizons" will hold a press conference and show some images taken by the spacecraft to flyby. These images will be slightly blurred because of the distance to the object apparatus. But after receiving a signal "New Horizons" will send data back to Earth, so the January 2, we should get the first images of Ultima Thule in high definition.
When New Horizons will fly by Ulta Tula 4,000 kilometers away, it will be visible to him as the full moon in the sky with the Earth. But the "New Horizons" there are a few high-precision telescopes on board, so we will need to get detailed shots at close range, similar to the Moon images taken by powerful telescopes on the ground.
But if we're lucky, we get a more detailed picture than Pluto.
It will take a lot of time to collect all the fruits flyby. "New Horizons" will spend up to 20 months, transferring all the data that will bring in this New Year. Will wait.