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Asteroid 6478 Gault

Asteroid 6478 Gault

Date: 27 March 2019
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: 6478 Gault
Copyright: NASA, ESA, K. Meech and J. Kleyna (University of Hawaii), O. Hainaut (European Southern Observatory)

The asteroid 6478 Gault is seen with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, showing two narrow, comet-like tails of debris that tell us that the asteroid is slowly undergoing self-destruction. The bright streaks surrounding the asteroid are background stars. The Gault asteroid is located 214 million miles from the Sun, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
28-Nov-2023 20:45 UT

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