NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

NASA catches a glimpse of New Horizons’ next target

NASA’s New Horizons team in Argentina observed a Kuiper belt object that is more than 6.5 billion kilometers away, Popular Science reports. NASA’s telescopes were able to detect the object, known as 2014 MU69, because it passed in front of a star, blocking its light for 200 milliseconds. These data help researchers measure the shape and size of the object, as well as the environment around it, before the New Horizon spacecraft flies by it in January 2019.