NASA's New Horizons just gave us its first look at Ultima Thule, a world 1 billion miles from Pluto
From more than 100 million miles away, New Horizon's next target barely looks like anything at all.
The object, known as Ultima Thule, has only just now come into view for that NASA spacecraft's sensitive cameras, allowing the probe ? which brought us never-before-seen, close-up photos of Pluto in July 2015 ? to take its first-ever images of the distant world.
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The images show Ultima Thule surrounded by bright background stars dotting the cosmic landscape, all but blotting out the dim, cold, and small object 1 billion miles from Pluto.