Asteroid in Hubble Data

Asteroid in Hubble Data

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News release ID: STScI-1998-10
Release Date: Mar 9, 1998
Image Use: Copyright
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This asteroid in the constellation Taurus has a visual magnitude of 23, and is one of the faintest seen so far in the Hubble archive. It moves from upper right to lower left in two consecutive exposures; the first trail is shown in blue and the second in red. Because of the asteroid's relatively straight trail, astronomers could not accurately determine its distance. The estimated diameter is half a mile (0.8 kilometers) at an Earth distance of 205 million miles and a sun distance of 298 million miles.

Asteroids, Observations, Solar System


Credit: R. Evans and K. Stapelfeldt (JPL) and NASA