Hubble - the Asteroid Hunter

This is a broken asteroid trail crossing the outer regions of galaxy NGC 4548 in Coma Berenices. Five trail segments (shown in white) were extracted from individual exposures and added to a cleaned colour image of the galaxy.

The asteroid enters the image at top center and moves down toward the lower left. Large gaps in the trail occur because the telescope is orbiting the Earth and cannot continuously observe the galaxy.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9810e
Type:Observation
Release date:9 March 1998, 15:00
Size:600 x 600 px

About the Object

Name:Asteroid, M 91, Messier 91, NGC 4548
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Barred
• X - Solar System Images/Videos

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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