NASA's faraway space snowman has flat, not round, behind

(Photo by NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute)
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) The faraway space snowman visited by NASA last month has a flat - not round - behind.

New photos from the New Horizons spacecraft offer a new perspective on the small cosmic body 4 billion miles away.

Scientists say the two-lobed object, nicknamed Ultima Thule, is actually flatter on the backside than originally thought.

Pictures released late last week that were taken shortly after closest approach on New Year's Day provide an outline of the side not illuminated by the sun.

When viewed from the front, Ultima Thule still resembles a two-ball snowman. But from the side, the snowman looks squashed, sort of like a lemon and pie stuck together, end to end.

Ultima Thule is the most distant world ever explored.