This is the first ever high resolution 3-D image of the tiny Dinkinesh asteroid system. Published today BY NASA. Made by May/Manzoni from data collected by the LUCY spacecraft as it recently flew past Dinkinesh at 10,000 miles per hour.
The two images used to make this stereo were captured only a few seconds apart, as the spacecraft zoomed by, on its journey to visit the Trojans – bunch of asteroids way out in the orbit of Jupiter.
Notice that only in the stereo version is it apparent that the smaller body – now named Selam – itself made up of two smaller asteroids – a contact binary’. This was all an amazing revelation when the data came in. For the full story visit the NASA website. Enjoy !
💥💥💥💥 I’ll post on my Stories sideways so you can get a closer look in stereo if you have your OWL viewer handy. Proud to have NASA choose this image for their official Press release. My special thanks to LUCY mission PI (boss) Hal Levison for appointing me a collaborator – and thanks to the entire team for making me feel welcome.