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The binary asteroid 288P (artist's impression)

The binary asteroid 288P (artist's impression)


Date: 20 September 2017
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Copyright: ESA/Hubble, L. Calçada, CC BY 4.0

This artist's impression shows the binary asteroid 288P, located in the main asteroid belt between the planets Mars and Jupiter. The object is unique as it is a binary asteroid which also behaves like a comet. The comet-like properties are the result of water sublimation, caused by the heat of the Sun. The orbit of the asteroids is marked by a blue ellipse.

 
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Last Update: 1 September 2019
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