Release 95 of 209

Hubble Tracks Asteroid's Sky Trek

Release date: Nov 11, 2004 9:00 AM (EST)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

While analyzing NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of the Sagittarius dwarf irregular galaxy (SagDIG), an international team of astronomers led by Simone Marchi, Yazan Momany, and Luigi Bedin discovered 13 sucessive faint trails left by a tiny asteroid. The trails are seen as a series of reddish arcs on the right in this August 2003 Advanced Camera for Surveys image.