Compass and Scale Image for Comet-like Asteroid P/2010 A2
Asteroid P/2010 A2
1.099 AU (102 million mi, 164 million km) - 2.392 AU (222 million mi, 358 million km)
The image was created from Hubble data from proposals 12053, 12077, and 12305: D. Jewitt (UCLA), H. Weaver (JPL/APL), M. Drahus (UCLA), and M. Mutchler (STScI).
Illustration Credit: NASA, ESA, and Z. Levay (STScI);
Science Credit: NASA, ESA, and D. Jewitt (UCLA)
This image was originally black and white and recorded only overall brightness. These brightness values were translated into a range of bluish hues. Such color "maps" can be useful in helping to distinguish subtly varying brightness in an image.