Fly towards 288P (artist’s impression)

This artist’s impression shows the binary main-belt comet 288P. From a distance the comet-like features of the system can clearly be seen: among them, the bright coma surrounding both components of the system and the long tail of dust and water pointing away from from the Sun. Only a closer look reveals the two components of the system: two asteroids circling each other on an eccentric orbit.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble, L. Calçada, M. Kornmesser

About the Video

Id:heic1715a
Release date:20 September 2017, 19:00
Related releases:heic1715
Duration:30 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:288P
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
Category:Solar System

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