Serendipitously Discovered Asteroids

Here is an asteroid with a visual magnitude of 21.8 passing a galaxy in the constellation Leo. The trail is seen in two consecutive exposures, the first shown in blue and the second in red. This asteroid has a diameter of half a mile (0.8 kilometers), and was located 188 million miles from Earth and 233 million miles from the sun.


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

About the Image

NASA press release
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Release date:9 March 1998, 15:00
Size:240 x 240 px

About the Object

Name:Asteroid, Constellation Leo
Type:• X - Solar System Images/Videos

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