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.


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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
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
Category:Solar System

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