This combination of photos by Nasa show Ultima Thule, taken at a distance of 137,000km on January 1, with the image on the right highlighting its reddish surface. Photo: AFP

Photos reveal ancient origins of distant space rock Ultima Thule, resembling a frosty red snowman

  • The object 6.4 billion kilometres away has been identified as a ‘contact binary’, two objects that have squashed together into one
  • Many more photographs taken by the New Horizons spacecraft are expected soon
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This combination of photos by Nasa show Ultima Thule, taken at a distance of 137,000km on January 1, with the image on the right highlighting its reddish surface. Photo: AFP
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