Serendipitously Discovered Asteroids

Astronomers Karl Stapelfeldt and Robin Evans have tracked down about 100 small asteroids by hunting through more than 28, 000 archival images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. Here is a sample of what they have found: four archival images that show the curved trails left by asteroids.

Credit:

R. Evans and K. Stapelfeldt (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9810a
Type:Collage
Release date:9 March 1998, 15:00
Size:2400 x 3000 px

About the Object

Name:Asteroid, NGC 4548
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Barred
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Component : Spiral Arm
• X - Solar System Images/Videos

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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