Camera probe, New Horizons received the photos of the unusual dwarf planet Quasar, followed by spacecraft a few days, moving almost parallel to it.
The dwarf planet Quasar (50000 Quaoar was discovered in 2002, is known to hunters for planets of Scott Shepard and Chad Trujillo. In their appearance and properties, it resembles a typical object from the Kuiper belt – Quasar is approximately two times smaller than Pluto, as well as it consists mainly of ice and frozen gases, and rotates around the Sun in a nearly circular path.
Quasar makes one revolution around the Sun in 284 years, away at the farthest point its orbit in about 45 times farther than Earth is moving away from the sun. This dwarf planet, as shown by pictures from space telescope Hubble, there is a small satellite, Wawat, whose diameter is expected to last for 74 kilometers.
This week, New Horizons passed the first relatively clear photos of the object obtained its LORRI camera at the moment of maximum convergence with Kawacom, which occurred in mid-July of this year. For several days the dwarf planet pursued the probe, moving on a similar trajectory towards the outskirts of the Solar system.
Due to this persecution, cameras and instruments, New Horizons has been able to observe this object for a long time, and get lots of photos of Kawara illuminated by the Sun. At the time of receiving these images, the planet was at a distance of 2.1 billion kilometres from the probe, and 6.4 billion kilometers from the Sun.
These photos, unlike photos of Hubble taken from a different angle, which will allow, as scientists hope to clarify the shape of an object and reveal its essential properties, including its reflectivity, necessary for accurate calculation of the diameter and mass of Kaworu.
In October and early November last year, after the transfer of the most interesting pictures of Pluto, its moons and important scientific data, the New Horizons probe made a series of four cycles of acceleration and maneuvers. They allow the unit to meet in January 2019 with kasperowski 2014 facility MU69.