Ultima Thule 3D (3D viewer and downloadable model)

Ultima Thule 3D

Artistic representation of Ultima Thule 3D, based on the images provided by NASA.

Ultima Thule is the furthest object from Earth that we have explored. It is in the Kuiper belt. Its current position is now beyond even Pluto’s orbit. New Horizons has been the spacecraft that has approached Ultima Thule. We are currently about 6,300 million kilometers away from it. The emission power of New Horizons is 15 watts. That’s why we are going to take 20 months to receive 50 gigas of data. The spacecraft has collected them in its encounter with Ultima Thule. This is not surprising considering that the data transfer rate will be between 1 and 0.5 bits per second. It will be a pleasure to receive the images and data that NASA will offer us.

Ultima Thule 3D

Its most technical name is (486958) 2014 MU69. NASA has commented that the shape of Ultima Thule is similar to a snowman. There are those who affectionately call it that way. Some people compare Ultima Thule’s silhouette to a peanut and its total length is 19 miles.

Until now, we have elaborated this approximate representation of Ultima Thule in 3D with the available images.

The software used has been Lightwave 3D and clara.io. The most remarkable virtue of clara.io is that it is not necessary to install anything. It works entirely in the browser.

You can download in various formats. Too, you can edit online the 3D model of Ultima Thule if you enter the clara.io viewer.

Ultima Thule in Wikipedia

(486958) 2014 MU69, nicknamed Ultima Thule,[b] is a trans-Neptunian object located in the Kuiper belt. It is a contact binary 31 km (19 mi) long, composed of two joined bodies 19 km (12 mi) and 14 km (9 mi) across that are nicknamed “Ultima” and “Thule”, respectively. With an orbital period of 298 years and a low inclination and eccentricity, it is classified as a classical Kuiper belt object. With the New Horizons space probe’s flyby on 1 January 2019, 2014 MU69 became the farthest object in the Solar System visited by a spacecraft, and is believed to be the most primitive, both bodies being planetesimal aggregates of much smaller building blocks.


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