Schematic of active asteroid P/2013 P5

This is a diagram of the structure seen around an active asteroid designated P/2013 P5. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope imaged six dust tails in September 2013. One interpretation is that the asteroid's rotation rate has increased to the point where dust is falling off the surface along the equator and escaping into space. The pressure of sunlight then sweeps the dust into long tails. The entire structure rotates like a wheel.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)

About the Image

Id:heic1320c
Type:Artwork
Release date:7 November 2013, 17:00
Related releases:heic1320
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:P/2013 P5
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet : Tail : Dust
• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
• X - Solar System Images/Videos


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