We are an inquisitive species. For all of our human flaws, one of our more admirable traits is our need to explore–to go where no one has ever gone before, to see what no one has ever seen before. This distant hum of singing Sirens perpetually haunts our dreams, tantalizing our imaginations, luring us into regions of distant, frigid darkness–far, far away. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has now left Pluto and its quintet of moons behind, and is well on its way to explore more distant regions of the “Kuiper Belt”, where a vast multitude of icy worldlets swim in a mysterious sea of everlasting twilight. In August 2015, a Kuiper Belt Object, with the lengthy name of (486958) 2014 MU69, was chosen as New Horizons’ next target of exploration–and this enchanting little world, that does its mesmerizing dance in our Solar System’s frigid Twilight Zone, is now whispering to us some of its well-kept secrets–it may have a hidden moon all its own!
In Our Solar System’s Dark Deep Freeze, Poor Pluto Is Much Too Cold By Judith E Braffman-Miller In the dark, distant, and mysterious outer fringe of our Solar System, the dwarf planet Pluto dwells with a multitude of others of its frozen kind–circling our Star in a domain of everlasting twilight. Astronomers are only now first beginning to…Read More