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March 9, 1998 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1998-10

Astronomers Track Down Asteroids in Hubble Archive

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Image: Asteroid in Hubble Data

Asteroid in Hubble Data

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Hubble captured a bright asteroid, with a visual magnitude of 18.7, roaming in the constellation Centaurus. Background stars are shown in white, while the asteroid trail is depicted in blue at top center. The trail has a length of 19 arc seconds. This asteroid has a diameter of one and one-quarter miles (2 kilometers), and was located 87 million miles from Earth and 156 million miles from the sun. Numerous orange and blue specks in this image and the following two images were created by cosmic rays, energetic subatomic particles that struck the camera's detector.

Image Type: Astronomical

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

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Montage Image: Curved Trails of Small Asteroids Image Type: Astronomical Curved Trails of Small AsteroidsPRC1998-10 Asteroid in Hubble Data Image Type: Astronomical Asteroid in Hubble Data Asteroid in Hubble Data Image Type: Astronomical Asteroid in Hubble Data Asteroid Trail Crosses Galaxy NGC 4548 Image Type: Astronomical Asteroid Trail Crosses Galaxy NGC 4548

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