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.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9810c
Type:Observation
Release date:9 March 1998, 15:00
Size:240 x 240 px

About the Object

Name:Asteroid, Constellation Leo
Type:Unspecified : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
Category:Solar System

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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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