Asteroid 6478 Gault

The asteroid 6478 Gault is seen with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, showing two narrow, comet-like tails of debris that tell us that the asteroid is slowly undergoing self-destruction. The bright streaks surrounding the asteroid are background stars. The Gault asteroid is located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, K. Meech and J. Kleyna (University of Hawaii), O. Hainaut (European Southern Observatory)

About the Image

Id:heic1906a
Type:Planetary
Release date:28 March 2019, 15:00
Related releases:heic1906
Size:3911 x 2178 px

About the Object

Name:6478 Gault
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
Category:Solar System

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