A new view of Ultima Thule reveals that it's surprisingly flat

At one point, the distant world Ultima Thule was assumed to be more or less a rocky ball. As New Horizons got closer, its shape was described as a bowling pin, then a snowman – and now it's changed once again. New images snapped as the probe sped away from the object show that Ultima Thule is more like a flat "pancake" stuck to a "dented walnut," leaving astronomers puzzled as to how such a shape is even possible.

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