A Southern Hemisphere Overview
October 28, 2009
This mosaic of NEAR Shoemaker images, taken on December 3, 2000, from an orbital altitude of 200 kilometers (124 miles), provides an overview of the eastern part of the asteroid's southern hemisphere. In this view, south is to the top and the terminator (the imaginary line dividing day from night) lies near the equator. The conspicuous depression just above the center of the frame is the saddle-shaped feature Himeros.
Topics: Cartography, Celestial coordinate system, Astronomy, Equator, Terminator, Light, Celestial equator, Celestial mechanics, NEAR Shoemaker, Asteroid, Geography