Hubble Images of Asteroids Help Astronomers Prepare for Spacecraft Visit

These Hubble Space Telescope images of Vesta and Ceres show two of the most massive asteroids in the asteroid belt, a region between Mars and Jupiter. The images are helping astronomers plan for the Dawn spacecraft's tour of these hefty asteroids.

Credit:

Credits for Vesta: NASA; ESA; L. McFadden and J.Y. Li (University of Maryland, College Park); M. Mutchler and Z. Levay (Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore); P. Thomas (Cornell University); J. Parker and E.F. Young (Southwest Research Institute); and C.T. Russell and B. Schmidt (University of California, Los Angeles)

Credits for Ceres: NASA; ESA; J. Parker (Southwest Research Institute); P. Thomas (Cornell University); L. McFadden (University of Maryland, College Park); and M. Mutchler and Z. Levay (Space Telescope Science Institute)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0727a
Type:Observation
Release date:20 June 2007, 16:30
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:Ceres, Vesta
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
• X - Solar System Images/Videos

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Ultraviolet
U
330 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
B
439 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
550 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
Sii
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

Notes: The right image is from WFPC2 data and the left ACS.


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