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“Headless Snowman” Ultima Thule Shines In 3D

3 Jan 2019, 20:43 UTC
“Headless Snowman” Ultima Thule Shines In 3D
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The New Horizons science team created the first stereo image pair of Ultima Thule. To see it in 3D, don a pair of red-blue stereo glasses. The images were taken on January 1 from respective ranges of 38,000 miles (61,000 km) and 17,000 miles (28,000 km). NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI
I thought you’d appreciate a brief update from today’s New Horizons’ press conference about the Ultima Thule flyby. While there were no new images received and released, the mission team did combine two photos taken at slightly different times to create a stereo or 3D image of the object. If you have a pair of those cardboard, red-blue glasses, slip them over your nose and have a look at the photo above.
Cross your eyes and merger these two images of Ultima Thule into one 3D view at the center of your field of vision. NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI / Dr. Brian May
Because the lighting angle washes out any shadow detail, you can only see a modest amount of relief, but I’ll take it. Most impressive is what appear to be one large depression or two side-by-side ones on the left side of the smaller object, named ...

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