Ultima Thule in 3D


Victorian-era photographic gimmickry produces fantastic new view of Kuiper Belt Object.


Ultima Thule in 3D.

NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/National Optical Astronomy Observatory

If you have a pair of 3D glasses to hand – the cheap cardboard variety, with one red pane and one blue will do – put them on and enjoy this new optical illusion produced by the good folks at NASA.

Pictured is Ultima Thule, the Kuiper Belt Object that is currently the object of object of intense attention by the New Horizons craft.

To make the picture, technicians cleverly combined two sets of pictures taken by the craft’s Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), taken 25 minutes apart. Juxtaposing them creates a fun stereo view of the object, which is officially known as 2014 MU69.

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