stuff the ancients didn’t know

Sundays are thinking days, so…

The past hundred years or so have provided quite a series of revelations about Nature.
I wonder how the ancient sayers of pithy things would modify their said sayings,
if they knew what you and I know now?

The furthest-away thing we’ve ever had a close look at

A new image captured minutes before NASA’s New Horizons probe zipped by a rocky object in the Kuiper Belt on New Year’s Day shows the dual-lobed world — nicknamed Ultima Thule — is covered with intriguing fractures and a large crater-like depression that could provide clues about the early history of the solar system.

The picture released Thursday shows Ultima Thule — officially named 2014 MU69 — in sharper detail than images downlinked by the New Horizons spacecraft in the hours and days after its encounter in the Kuiper Belt on Jan. 1. [Story]

8 Comments!

  1. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted January 27, 2019 at 9:54 pm |

    Notice the white ring between the lobes? That’s the wall keeping the Big Endians out of Uranus.

  2. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted January 27, 2019 at 10:07 pm |

    ^ Looks more like my attempts at makin’ biscuits

  3. OldFert
    Posted January 27, 2019 at 11:56 pm |

    Don’t be fooled!!! That big crater is the synthetic focusing crystal for the superlaser on Darth Vader’s Death Star.

  4. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted January 28, 2019 at 8:56 am |

    Then again, that man-ape from 2001 A Space Odyssey threw that bone up into space a looong time ago, so…

  5. mech
    Posted January 28, 2019 at 4:09 pm |

    Space Gourd!

    What kind of beverage is in it?

  6. Posted January 28, 2019 at 4:14 pm |

    Biscuits…heh……they look that way sometimes depending on when happy hour started.

  7. Thunderbottom
    Posted January 28, 2019 at 7:11 pm |

    Looks like something my dog left in the yard this morning although not quite as big…

  8. Kung Pow
    Posted January 30, 2019 at 2:19 pm |

    This is really amazing for me as this project is run by Hopkins/Applied Physics Laboratory, just down the road from my home.