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News Release 141 of 1051

November 7, 2013 11:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2013-52

NASA's Hubble Sees Asteroid Spout Six Comet-like Tails

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: P/2013 P5
Object Description: Active Asteroid
Distance: At the time of the Hubble observations in September 2013, P/2013 P5 was 1.1 astronomical units (112 million miles) from Earth and 2.1 astronomical units (195 million miles) from the Sun.
About the Data
Data Description: The image was created from Hubble data from proposal 13475: D. Jewitt (University of California, Los Angeles), J. Agarwal (Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research), H. Weaver (JHU/APL), M. Mutchler (STScI), and S. Larson (University of Arizona).
Instrument: WFC3
Exposure Date(s): September 10, 2013, and September 23, 2013
Filters: F350LP (long pass)
About the Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, and D. Jewitt (UCLA)
Release Date: November 7, 2013
Color: 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.
Orientation/Scale: Compass and Scale Images for P/2013 P5