Sedna mystery deepens as Hubble offers best look at farthest planetoid

Hubble took a total of 35 images of Sedna on March 16, 2004. The planetoid appeared to move slightly between exposures, due to the motion of Hubble around Earth and the motion of the Earth around the Sun. Sedna, too, is moving through space, but too slowly for that to be seen in these images. The fact that the object shows this parallax shift between exposures demonstrates that Sedna is a member of the solar system, and hence is far closer to the Earth than the background star (at right) in the same field of view.

Credit:

NASA, ESA and M. Brown (Caltech)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0414c
Type:Observation
Release date:14 April 2004, 19:00
Size:435 x 327 px

About the Object

Name:Sedna
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body
• X - Solar System Images/Videos

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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