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Target Marker at Opposition

Target Marker at Opposition

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JAXA/Tokyo University/Kochi University/Rikkyo University/Nagoya University/Chiba Institute of Technology/Meiji University/Aizu University/AIST

Target Marker at Opposition
With the Sun directly behind Hayabusa2 on 8 January 2019, the tiny target marker makes its presence known by its brilliant reflecting glint (yellow arrow). Ryugu looks strangely flat because in this geometry, called opposition, Hayabusa2 can see no cast shadows.

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Original image data dated on or about January 8, 2019

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