Recently uncovered celestial bodies

Dots in the sky turned into wonderous worlds



2012


Toutatis (near-Earth asteroid)

Group: Apollo/Alinda | Spectral type: Sk | Size: 3 km | Spacecraft: Chang'e 2 (CNSA)







2014


67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (short-period comet)

Type: Jupiter-family comet | Size: 5 km | Spacecraft: Rosetta (ESA)







2015


Ceres (dwarf planet)

Location: Main belt | Spectral type: Cg | Size: 946 km | Spacecraft: Dawn (NASA)







Pluto (dwarf planet)

Location: Kuiper belt | Class: plutino | Size: 2374 km | Spacecraft: New Horizons (NASA)







Charon (dwarf planet secondary)

Location: Kuiper belt | Class: plutino | Size: 1212 km | Spacecraft: New Horizons (NASA)







Nix & Hydra (satellites of binary dwarf planet)

Location: Kuiper belt | Class: plutinos | Size: 21 km & 23 km | Spacecraft: New Horizons (NASA)







2018


Ryugu (near-Earth asteroid)

Group: Apollo | Spectral type: Cg | Size: 940 m | Spacecraft: Hayabusa2 (JAXA)







Bennu (near-Earth asteroid)

Group: Apollo | Spectral type: B | Size: 490 m | Spacecraft: OSIRIS-REx (NASA)







2019


Arrokoth (contact binary planetesimal)

Location: Kuiper belt | Class: cold classical | Size: 32 km | Spacecraft: New Horizons (NASA)




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