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Hubble - the Asteroid Hunter

Hubble - the Asteroid Hunter

Depicts: Asteroid in Coma Berencis
Copyright: R. Evans and K. Stapelfeldt (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and NASA

This is a broken asteroid trail crossing the outer regions of galaxy NGC 4548 in Coma Berenices. Five trail segments (shown in white) were extracted from individual exposures and added to a cleaned color image of the galaxy.

The asteroid enters the image at top center and moves down toward the lower left. Large gaps in the trail occur because the telescope is orbiting the Earth and cannot continuously observe the galaxy.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
26-Sep-2023 11:50 UT

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