Quaoar Close-Up

This photograph, taken by Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys, is a close-up view of the icy world. Only Hubble's sharp vision can resolve the disk of this distant world, leading to the first-ever direct measurement of the true size of a Kuiper belt object. Quaoar's diameter is about 800 miles (1300 kilometers).

It is the farthest object in the solar system ever to be resolved by a telescope. The Hubble photo does not show details of Quaoar's icy surface because the object is too far away. Quaoar is about 4 billion miles (6.5 billion kilometers) from Earth, more than 1 billion miles farther than Pluto. The photograph was made by assembling 16 pictures of the object. Observations were made July 5, 2002 and Aug. 1, 2002.


NASA/ESA and M. Brown (Caltech)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:7 October 2002, 06:00
Size:300 x 205 px

About the Object

Name:2002 LM60, Quaoar
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Dwarf planet
Category:Solar System

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330 nm Hubble Space Telescope

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