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Sunday, April 28 • 11:00am - 11:45am
Exploration on the Edge of our Solar System

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Come hear about the latest exploration of the outer solar system from a scientist who was on
the team!

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft celebrated New Years Eve 2018 in a very unique way – by
encountering the most distant world ever explored! This world, nicknamed Ultima Thule, is
located 4.1 billion miles from the Earth in a region of our solar system known as the Kuiper Belt.
Ultima Thule is so far from the Sun it’s unlikely to have been modified by it, and is thus remains
unchanged since its formation 4.6 billion years ago. By exploring this small distant world we
hope to learn how it formed, and by extension how the building blocks of all planets are formed,
as well as what conditions were like in this distant part of the solar system as it condensed from
the solar nebula.

avatar for Dr. Carly Howett

Dr. Carly Howett

Planetary Scientist, New Horizons, Southwest Research Institute
Dr. Carly Howett is the Assistant Director of the Department of Space Studies at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. She is mainly interested in the surface properties of icy worlds, including Saturn’s icy moons, Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, Europa, Pluto and... Read More →

Sunday April 28, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am MDT
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