Ultima Thule is a primordial remnant of the early solar system. The New Horizons mission at the start of the year and NASA revealed on Wednesday, saying it looks like a snowman. But Frosty isn’t its only doppelganger.
Some space fans quickly got on board the snowman train by sharing enhanced images of Ultima Thule with the addition of eyes, a hat and a carrot nose.
Star Wars fans took one look at the contact binary, which was once two separate objects, and knew right away it looks like adorable droid BB-8. Editor Adam Morgan wrote, “You guys this Ultima Thule fellow looks suspiciously familiar.”
Fans of fine dairy products will appreciate the comparison of Ultima Thule with Italian Scamorza cheese, which has a noticeable bi-lobed look.
The outline of Ultima Thule could also pass as a stylized number 8.
Twitter user Stu got up close and personal by zooming in on one of the lobes and spotting what could be the shape of a moose. “Well done team! But you’re not the first earthlings to reach Ultima Thule. There is clearly a moose on this thing!” Stu wrote.
The the human tendency to see familiar objects in random shapes, a phenomenon called, didn’t end there. Someone also thought the smaller lobe looked like a grumpy blobfish face.
Fans of Bloodborne will appreciate how Ultima Thule resembles a spacefaring version of Rom the Vacuous Spider, a boss-level monster from the game.
Ultimately, Ultima Thule is a pretty cool space rock that could tell us a lot about the early solar system. It’s not its fault it also happens to look edible. At 4 billion miles away from the sun, at least it’s safe from any human expeditions that would want to try to eat it.
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