NASA Spacecraft Sends Images of Stars 4.3 Billion Miles Away

From its unique vantage point 4.3 billion miles from Earth, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has captured images of nearby stars — and they appear to be in different positions than where we see them from Earth.

This is the first time this kind of “parallax effect” has been captured using a spacecraft. You can mimic this by holding a finger out about an arm’s length from your face and see how it appears to jump when you close your left or right eye, according to a release by the American space agency.

Planetary scientist Alan Stern said, ” New Horizons is looking at an alien sky, unlike what we see from Earth. That has allowed us to do something that had never been accomplished before — to see the nearest stars visibly displaced on the sky from the positions we see them on Earth.” 

New Horizons sent the images it captured back to Earth via radio signal, which traveled at the speed of light and reached Earth about six and a half hours later.

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