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#Mu69: contact binary, peanut, snowman, BB8 droid, balancing balls, & cute lil Kuiper Belt Object who will upend what we thought we knew because that's how science works.

Tech thread from today's news release:
Q: What's a contact binary?
A: What used to be a binary system (2 things orbiting each other) that got squished together (contact) until they're now 1 lumptastic thing.

Details (with diagrams!):…
For #MU69, it looks like it was very gentle squishage. Like, the softest of squeezy-taps from two balls in space to one wonky lil friend.

All that brightness in the neck? Probably fine powders settling into the seam.

So soft. So gentle. So friendly.
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Ugh! I'm trying to figure out my own feelings on this and to only get into the conversation if I have something useful to add. So, here are my thoughts on #UltimaThule
I do think a different "nickname" should have been used. Ultima Thule is difficult to say and has some negative connotations. And, there's a lot of good words without any negative connotations, so why go there?
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It's a busy, busy day for space with @OSIRISREx slipping into orbit around Bennu & @NASANewHorizons doing its flyby of #Mu69.

I'm not covering the stories (...sigh), but I can recc @elakdawalla @alexwitze @DownHereOnEarth @lorengrush
Hello, new tiny world. Ready for your close-up?
Hey, lil peanut! Nice to meet you, if only for a brief moment.
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