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March 4, 1999 12:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1999-08

A Mote in Hubble's Eye

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About this Object 
Object Name: Asteroid Trail in Centaurus
Object Description: Serendipitous Asteroid Trail in Star Field
Position (J2000): R.A. 14h 28m 08.74m
Dec. -62° 45' 43.20"
Constellation: Centaurus
Dimensions: The image is 2.7 arcminutes on the vertical side.
About the Data 
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date: April 6, 1994
Exposure Time: 33 minutes
Filters: Red: F814W(I); Green: F814W + F606W; Blue: F606W(Wide V)
Principal Astronomers: E. J. Groth (Princeton) and collaborators
About the Asteroid
Asteroid Designation: u2805m01t4
Asteroid Magnitude: 18.7
Asteroid Trail Length: 19 arcseconds
Asteroid Diameter: 1.25 miles (2 kilometers)
Asteroid Distances: The asteroid is 87 million miles (0.93 A.U.) from Earth. It is 156 million miles (1.68 A.U.) from the Sun.
Principal Astronomers: R. Evans, K. Stapelfeldt (Jet Propulsion Lab) and collaborators.
About this Image 
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: March 4, 1999 12:00pm ET
Orientation: North is 70° CCW from up. East is to the left of North.